Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families (Early Childhood Special Education Dual Certification)

 

Program Overview

This master’s program will prepare you to support infants, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary children in inclusive, integrated, and self-contained classrooms, as well as homes and communities. Graduates of this program go on to earn certification in both Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities, Birth-Grade 2.

Coursework & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.

Credits: 42-54 credits

Certification: Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2)

Eligibility & Admission Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who do not hold NYS certification in Early Childhood Education.

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0;
    or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • A liberal arts or science major or interdisciplinary concentration of at least 30 credits
  • General education core in the liberal arts and sciences including coursework in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression
  • A statement of purpose that addresses the following prompts:
    • Describe your understanding of what it means to be an early interventionist/early childhood special educator and your personal vision for the field of early intervention/early childhood special education
    • Share your reason for pursuing a career in early intervention/early childhood special education and what led you to this career
    • Describe your prior experiences with young children and/or children in special education in your responses to the above
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report

OR

  • Any NYS teacher certification other than Early Childhood Education
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0;
    or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • A statement of purpose that addresses the following prompts:
    • Describe your understanding of what it means to be an early interventionist/early childhood special educator and your personal vision for the field of early intervention/early childhood special education
    • Share your reason for pursuing a career in early intervention/early childhood special education and what led you to this career
    • Describe your prior experiences with young children and/or children in special education in your responses to the above
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, click here.

When applying to this program under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and ECDL (leads to Early Childhood and Students with Disabl. B-2  Cert)

CUNY Sponsored Application Fee 

Fall 2020 applicants to this program will have their $75 application fee sponsored by CUNY.

Related Programs

If you hold a Master’s Degree and NYS certification in Early Childhood Education, consider our Specialized Additional Certificate in Early Childhood Development and Learning that leads to Students with Disabilities Birth – 2 Certification.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

edadmissions@hunter.cuny.edu

Program Leader

Bonnie Keilty