Childhood General & Special Education Programs

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  • Single certification programs
  • Dual certification programs
  • Certificate programs

Childhood Programs

Ages: grades 1 through 6

  • Childhood General Education, 45 credits
    • Master of Science in Education
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Childhood General Education, grades 1 through 6.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an elementary classroom (grades 1-6) as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three classroom settings as a student teacher (3 full days each week).

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    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in general education or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
  • Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification, 52 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 Childhood General Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1 through 6. After teaching for three years you will be eligible for professional certification.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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 both at the grade 1 through 3 level, and at the grade 4 through 6 level, covering both general and special education settings.
      • Working teachers or assistant teachers who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classroom as their setting for fieldwork. These students will gain additional experience through a summer practicum.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification program need an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
  • 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)
    • Individuals with initial certification in Childhood Education will be eligible for New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1 through 6.
    • 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.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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 in special education settings within grades 1 - 6.
      • Working teachers or assistant teachers who teach in general education classrooms may use their own classroom as their setting for fieldwork. These students will gain additional special education experience through a summer practicum.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the 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).

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in special education or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
  • Childhood Special Education Advanced Certificate (Non-Degree), 15-21 credits
    • This is a certificate program that does not lead to a master's degree.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Student Teaching/Advisement is not required for those students who have previous experience teaching in an inclusive classroom.
    • This sequence leads to New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1 - 6.
    • Applicants may be given transfer credit for a foundations course in special education.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Childhood Special Education Advanced Certificate (Non-Degree) must have a master's degree in education with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and already hold New York State initial/professional teaching certification in general education at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or at the childhood level (grades 1-6). Applicants to this certificate program will need to fill out the "Application to a Certificate Sequence" listed under "Other Applications and Forms" on the Apply Now page.

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in special education or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
  • Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification/Dual degree with Columbia School of Social Work, 43-46 credits
    • A comprehensive program allowing you to earn master's degrees both in education (43 - 46 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 Childhood General Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1 through 6. 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.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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 both at the grade 1 through 3 level, and at the grade 4 through 6 level, covering both general and special education settings.
      • Working teachers or assistant teachers who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classroom as their setting for fieldwork. These students will gain additional experience through a summer practicum.

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    For more information on the program at Columbia School of Social Work, contact Karma Lowe at knl3@columbia.edu.

    *The range of credits is due to the need for head or assistant teachers to complete EDUC 873 (3 credits) rather than EDUC 990 (0 credits). Students who need to take EDUC 873 can select the EDUC 535 (2 credits) science option in order to keep their credit total at 45 credits. Students who do not need to take EDUC 873 can graduate with 43 credits.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Childhood Special and General Education Dual Degree program apply to the Graduate School at Bank Street College and to Columbia University School of Social Work separately and need an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in general education, special education, or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
    • Work as a school social worker.
    • Work as a psycho-therapist in private practice.
  • Childhood Special Education/Dual degree with Columbia School of Social Work, 36 credits
    • A comprehensive program allowing you to earn master's degrees both in education (36 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, individuals with initial certification in Childhood Education will be eligible for New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, grades 1 through 6. You will also be eligible for certification as a School Social Worker after completing both degrees. See Columbia School of Social Work.
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: 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 in special education settings within grades 1 - 6.
      • Working teachers or assistant teachers who stay with a particular grade in the age range may use their own classroom as their setting for fieldwork. These students will gain additional experience through a summer practicum.

    Coursework >>

    For more information on the program at Columbia School of Social Work, contact Karma Lowe at knl3@columbia.edu.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Childhood Special Education Dual Degree program apply to the Graduate School at Bank Street College and to Columbia University School of Social Work separately and need an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences and 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).

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in special education or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
    • Tutor or work as a learning specialist in schools or in private practice.
    • Work in special education teacher support services (SETSS) roles.
    • Work as a school social worker.
    • Work as a psycho-therapist in private practice.

Learn how to engage all children, including those with disabilities

Strong focus on social justice, and advocacy for a diverse range of children and families.

Learn from core graduate faculty mentors who are master teachers

Develop age-appropriate curricula that encourage children to explore the full range of subject areas, follow their own curiosity, and forge their own paths of learning.



Stan ChuStan Chu
Program Director for
Childhood General Education Pathway for Assistant Teachers
schu@bankstreet.edu
212-875-4499

Mimi Rosenberg
Mimi Rosenberg
  Program Director for Childhood Special and General Education
mrosenberg@bankstreet.edu 
212-875-4544

Michelle Morales
Michele Ryan
Program Director for
Childhood General Education Pathway for Student Teachers
mryan@bankstreet.edu 
212-875-4588

The Childhood Certification Programs are for those teachers and prospective teachers who wish to work with children from grades 1 through 6 in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings in public, charter, or independent schools. The childhood programs support graduate students in learning to construct developmentally responsive environments and learning experience for and with children and their families. Graduate students learn to engage children in critical explorations of themselves, others, and the wider world in which they live through literacy, literature, mathematics, science, arts, and social studies.

Admission Requirements

  • Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about teaching and learning. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices and work with children.
  • Excellent academic record (at least 3.0) and references.
  • Breadth and depth in courses in liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Department of Education.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.
  • Please see the list of programs above for any program-specific admissions requirements, and feel free to reach out to one of our admissions counselors for more information.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. You will:

  • 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.