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  • M.S. in Teaching Students with Disabilities Birth - Grade 6 and Early Childhood

    Focus on Special Education and Early Childhood.
    Learn the skills you will need to teach in both a general education classroom and special education settings.
    Degree:
    M.S.
    School:
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online
    Credits:
    48

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Teaching Students with Disabilities Birth - Grade 6 and Early Childhood M.S. Curriculum

Required Courses 48 Credits
Total 48 Credits

Required Courses

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 513 Intr Erl Chld Ed:Fndtn/Meth/Mt
  • EDUC 522 Lang Develop & Lit Acquisition
  • EDUC 523 Develop and Exceptionalities
  • 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 553 Math Cldhd/ECldhd Educ
  • EDUC 617 Literacy Instruct Brth-Grade 6
  • EDUC 641 Autism
  • EDUC 657 Collaboration and Consultation for Students with Special Needs
  • EDUC 674 Assistive and Learning Technology for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience*
  • or
  • EDUC 713 Seminar in Teaching*

*Capstone/Clinical

Academic Program Sequence Map

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Will this qualify me to be a general education teacher?
Yes, if the setting is birth through grade 2.
What certification tests will I have to take to become certified?
You will need to take the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), the Educating All Students (EAS), the Content Specialty Tests (#211, #212, #245, #060). You will also need to take the edTPA during student teaching.
Will this qualify me to be a special education teacher in an inclusive setting?
Yes, if the inclusive setting is birth through grade 6.
What other requirements are there for certification, besides the coursework and the certification tests?
You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state of certification.
Will this qualify me to be a special education teacher in a special class setting?
Yes, if the special class setting is birth through grade 6.
Christine Lang Associate Professor, Special Education
Ilene Rothschild Associate Professor, Special Education
Kathy-Anne Jordan Associate Professor, Special Education
Sudha Ramaswamy Associate Professor, Special Education
Susan Lapidus Associate Professor, Special Education
Roseanne Vallice Levy Assistant Professor, Special Education

Teaching Students with Disabilities Birth - Grade 6 and Early Childhood Overview

The field of Special Education demands teachers who are not only knowledgeable and skillful, but those who demonstrate great patience, care and understanding. As the number of students requiring special education services increases, the need for special education teachers continues to grow. 

The program leads either to initial or professional certification in three areas: two in special education an one in early childhood education. Professional certification requires an initial certificate and three years of classroom experience.

Teaching Students with Disabilities Birth - Grade 6 and Early Childhood FAQS

What other requirements are there for certification, besides the coursework and the certification tests?
You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state of certification.
Will this qualify me to be a special education teacher in a special class setting?
Yes, if the special class setting is birth through grade 6.
Meet Christine Lang, Chair, Special Education

Learn more about her story and explore Special Education at Mercy College.

Career Opportunities

Students are prepared to become teachers in early childhood classrooms (eg., kindergarten or preschool classrooms), as well as special education settings, birth through grade six.

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of completed application, including transcripts from previous institutions
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher