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Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood

Master of Science
  • 42 Credits
  • School of Education
  • Bronx
  • Dobbs Ferry
  • Manhattan
  • Online
Teaching a student with disabilities.

Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood Overview

Teaching students with disabilities can be one of the most rewarding fields in education and there is no better place to begin your journey than Mercy College.

The program leads either to initial or professional certification in two areas in special education: birth through grade two and grades one through six. Professional certification requires an initial certificate and three years of classroom teaching experience. Courses focus intensely on the needs of the student with special needs.

Teaching a young child with disabilities.

Career Opportunities

The 42-credit Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood prepares graduates to become teachers in special education settings, birth through grade six.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Effective Educator Statement
  • Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. Please submit the completed statement to your application portal

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, if the inclusive setting is birth through grade 6.

You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state for certification.

Yes, if the special class setting is birth through grade 6.

No, it will not.

You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state for certification.

Program Details & Curriculum

Required Courses: 42 Credits Total

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 522 Lang Develop & Lit Acquisition
  • EDUC 529 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • EDUC 531 Tchng Stdnts with Dsblts B-6
  • EDUC 534 Differentiated Instructional Methods and Materials
  • EDUC 546 Educ Assesmnt SWD
  • EDUC 548 Prin/Strat Clsrm Mgt for SWD
  • EDUC 617 Literacy Instruct Birth - Grade 6
  • EDUC 641 Autism
  • EDUC 657 Collaboration and Consultation for Students with Special Needs
  • EDUC 674 Assitv/Lrn Tech Std Dis/Sp Nds
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience* or 713 Seminar in Teaching*

*Capstone/Clinical

For a full curriculum listing, visit our course catalog.

Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. 

Please submit the completed statement to your application portal

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