Focus on preparation to work with infants and toddlers
Become certified in Early Childhood Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities
The Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special and General Education program is designed for individuals who wish to work with very young children up to age three.
This program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of infant and toddler development, optimal human and physical environments for very young children, and infant mental health.
In addition to courses focusing on infants and toddlers, you will take a rich core of courses in Early Childhood Special and General Education.
Through studying the ongoing cycle of observation, assessment and instructional planning, you will be able to understand how to help infants and toddlers reach developmental milestones. You will learn to understand the relationships among culture, language and learning in families, communities, and educational program settings. Practical experiences will help you learn how to collaborate with families, other teachers and professionals in your work. You will discover ways to recognize and nurture individual learning styles and build home / school connections.
- Learn about the importance of play in children's development.
- Help children learn through discovery, exploration and inquiry.
- Learn to build on children's strengths while addressing their areas of weakness.
- Discover how to help all children find joy and excitement in learning.
Certification in Education
When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Early Childhood General Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth through grade 2. After teaching for three years you will be eligible for professional certification.
Courses at Bank Street provide students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, direct experience, and reflection, encouraging a constant interplay between theory and practice. Explore the courses for the Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special and General Education program.
Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice.During the fall and spring terms you will:
- Work in classroom settings as a full-time assistant, head teacher or as a student teacher (3 days each week):
- Student teachers work with infants and toddlers in inclusive settings. In addition, they gain public school experience within the early childhood range (pre-k, and kindergarten through second grade).
- Working teachers and assistants (in approved settings) who are already working in infant and toddler settings may use their own classrooms for their fieldwork setting. gain public school experience within the early childhood range (pre-k, and kindergarten through second grade).
- Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor, as you work with children in your fieldwork setting.
- Participate in a weekly conference group of 5-7 students and your advisor.
- Meet individually with your advisor twice each month.
- Teach in early childhood general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
- Work as an early-interventionist with infants, toddlers, and their families in social service or education-based agencies, as well as in hospitals or daycare settings.
- Work one-on-one as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in home or center-based programs.
- Applicants to this program need to have an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
- See the Admissions Criteria.