Learn to engage all young children in play, learning and interaction
Develop skill in engaging with young children of varying development and need in meaningful ways.
Become certified in teaching students with disabilities
Gain valuable practical experience in collaboration with families.
The Early Childhood Special Education programs will provide you with the understanding and skill to work with young children in the full range of development in general, inclusive or special education settings (PreK, Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade). In this curriculum rich program you will engage diverse learners in active, experiential learning, meeting their needs by building on children's strengths and interests while addressing their challenges. Through studying the ongoing cycle of observation, assessment and instructional planning you will be able to help young children with varying ability realize their full educational potential.
You will learn to understand the relationships among culture, language and learning in families. Bank Street's interdisciplinary approach and developmental - interaction philosophy will enable you to support growth and learning of the whole child in the context of famly and community.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification program need to have an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special Education program need to have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification in general education at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or at the childhood level (grades 1-6).
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Degree program apply to Bank Street College and to Columbia School of Social Work separately and need to have an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
- See the Admissions Criteria.
Early Childhood Special Education Degree Options
Ages: birth through grade 2
Dual Certification: Early Childhood Special and General Education, 54 credits
- Master of Science in Education
- For applicants seeking their first teaching certification.
- 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.
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Single Certification: Early Childhood Special Education, 36 credits
- Master of Science in Education or *Master of Education (for those students with a prior master's degree in education)
- Applicants need to have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification in general education at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or at the childhood level (grades 1-6).
- Individuals with initial certification in Early Childhood Education will earn initial New York State certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth to grade 2. This program leads to professional certification after completing all New York State requirements, including three years of teaching in the certification area.
- Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.
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Dual degree program: Early Childhood Special and General Education/Dual degree with Columbia School of Social Work, 48 credits
- A comprehensive program allowing you to earn master's degrees both in education (48 credits) from Bank Street College, and in social work (48 – 54 credits) from Columbia School of Social Work for fewer total credits than if you were to earn the degrees separately.
- Master of Science in Education
- Master of Social Work - this program has additional course requirements for the social work degree from Columbia
- When you graduate from both Bank Street College and from Columbia University School of Social Work, 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. You will also be eligible for certification as a School Social Worker after completing both degrees. See Columbia School of Social Work.
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For more information on the program at Columbia School of Social Work, contact Karma Lowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. You will:
- Work in classroom settings as a full-time assistant, head teacher or as a student teacher (3 days each week):
- Student teachers will be placed at three age levels within the early childhood range (pre-k, kindergarten, and grade 1 or 2), and in general education, inclusive, and special education settings.
- Working teachers and assistants (in approved settings) who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classrooms for their fieldwork setting. These students will gain additional experience through summer supervised fieldwork/ advisement during a July (summer 2) term.
- 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 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 and classroom and daycare settings.
- For the Dual Degree Program with Columbia:
- Work as a school social worker.
- Work as a psycho-therapist in private practice.