Master of Science for Teachers (MST): Childhood and Childhood Special Education

This 48-credit Childhood and Childhood Special Education program provides a focused exploration into the organization of schools, the different ways that students learn, and the adaption of teaching methods to meet the needs of individual students with and without disabilities in inclusive and self-contained settings.
Career changers and college graduates who want to teach but do not have an undergraduate degree in education.
What you learn
The pedagogical knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to become a successful classroom teacher, both in general and childhood special education classrooms
Career outcomes
After completing the program and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, candidates are eligible for initial teaching certification in Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6) in New York State.
Prerequisites/Admission Requirements
Candidates for the Childhood and Childhood Special Education MST must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the dean, graduate faculty admissions committee, or the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.) Childhood-level candidates must have majored in the liberal arts and sciences or its equivalent. All candidates must meet additional liberal arts and sciences course requirements mandated by New York State.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses (12 credits)
ED 630  Human Development in the School Context (3)
ED 631  Educational Psychology (3)
ED 632  Language, Meaning, and the Development of Global Perspectives in Diverse Schools (3)
ED 633  Foundations of Education (3)
Methods Courses (27 credits)
ED 627  Literacy in the Humanities (3)
ED 634  Early Childhood Literacy: Processes and Practices (3)
ED 636  Methods: Science Interdisciplinary Teaching Grades 1-6, (3)
ED 637  Methods: Mathematics Interdisciplinary Teaching, Grades 1-6 (3)
ED 670  Trends and Issues in Special Education (3)
ED 671  Diagnosis, Assessment and Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities (3)
ED 673  Advanced Differentiated Instruction: The Therapeutic Classroom (3)
ED 677  Literacy for Children with Special Needs (3)
ED 687  Classroom Management and Collaboration in Inclusive Settings (3)
Capstone Experience (9 credits)
ED 690  Teacher as Researcher (3)
ED 691  Student Teaching (3)
ED 679  Practicum (3)
Total Credits: 48