Early Childhood General & Special Education
Programs

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  • Single certification programs
  • Dual certification programs
  • Certificate programs

Early Childhood Programs

Ages: birth through grade 2

  • Early Childhood General Education, 45 credits
    • Master of Science in Education
    • When you graduate, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification in Early Childhood General Education, birth through grade 2.
    • No prior certification required
    • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement: Work in an early childhood classroom as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or in three early childhood classroom settings (up through age 8) as a student teacher (3 full days each week).

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    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in early childhood general education or inclusion classrooms in public, charter or independent schools.
  • Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification, 50 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.
    • 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 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.

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    Admissions Requirements

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

    Career Opportunities

    • 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.
  • Early Childhood Special Education, 32 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 Early Childhood Education will be eligible for New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth to grade 2.
    • 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: Student teachers will be placed in special education settings within ages birth through grade 2.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • 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 childhood level (grades 1-6).

    Career Opportunities

    • Teach in early childhood 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.
  • Early 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 a licensed inclusive setting.
    • This sequence leads to New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth to grade 2.
    • Applicants may be given transfer credit for a foundations course in special education.

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    Admissions Requirements

    • Applicants to the Early 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 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 early childhood 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.
  • Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification/ Dual Degree with Columbia University School of Social Work, 45 credits
    • A comprehensive program allowing you to earn master's degrees both in education (45 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.
    • 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 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.

    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 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.

    Career Opportunities

    • 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.
    • Work as a school social worker.
    • Work as a psycho-therapist in private practice.
  • Early Childhood Special Education/ Dual Degree with Columbia University School of Social Work, 32 credits
    • A comprehensive program allowing you to earn master's degrees both in education (32 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 Early Childhood Education will be eligible for New York State teaching certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities, birth to grade 2. 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: Student teachers will be placed in special education settings within ages birth through grade 2.

    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 Early Childhood Special 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 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 childhood level (grades 1-6).

    Career Opportunities

    • 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.
    • Work as a school social worker.
    • Work as a psycho-therapist in private practice.

Discover creative ways to help young children learn and grow

Ground your work in the Developmental Interaction Approach and learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.

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.



Sue CarbarySue Carbary
Program Director for Early Childhood Special and General Education
scarbary@bankstreet.edu 
212-875-4509

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

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

The Early Childhood Certification Programs are for those teachers and prospective teachers who wish to work with children birth through grade two in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings including child care centers, and public, charter, and independent schools. Early childhood graduate students become well grounded in child development and its variation by learning to closely observe children and engaging them in active learning. The programs support graduate students' understanding that learning comes in the form of play, social interaction, and sensory experiences, as well as through engagement in the world of 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

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education. You will learn to observe, engage and educate children based on a solid grounding in what makes children tick.

  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.
  • Attend periodic three-way meetings with your Bank Street advisor and with the cooperating teacher.