Early Childhood Education, BS/Special Education, MSEd

  • New York City
  • Westchester
Associated College

Two Degrees + Two Certifications in Just Five Years!

Our combined degree program in Early Childhood Education and Special Education offers the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree and a minimum of two teaching certificates in just five years. Make a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate work in less time than students who begin the graduate program after earning a bachelor’s degree and satisfy the New York State requirement to teach in-state.

Be Ahead of the Class

  • Embrace technology! You’ll have the opportunity to practice real teaching using our virtual reality classroom simulator. We are one of the only schools in the region with this technology!
  • Our teachers enter the field with experience! From your sophomore year, you’ll participate in immersive fieldwork and student teaching experience that include tutoring and small group instruction.
  • Get hired! We have such strong partnerships with local school districts that our students are getting hired before they even graduate!

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Courses Overview

In the combined degree program, the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education are earned concurrently. In the fifth year of the program, you will work towards your graduate degree in Special Education and enhance your knowledge of disabilities to become a specialist in your school.

Experiential Learning and Opportunities

Because experience is key, starting in your junior year, you will participate in our Center for Professional Development (CPD) model, where you will practice your teaching skills through the completion of your undergraduate program. Receive hands-on experience in schools one day a week in your junior year and between two and five days during your senior year. You’ll observe and tutor students, as well as provide small and eventually whole group instruction. Not only will you be able to apply what you are learning in the classroom, but you will also have the opportunity to explore different grade levels as you proceed through the program. As a CPD candidate, you have a unique opportunity to foster professional relationships with mentor teachers, students, and school staff, all in support of the diverse population of the students that you are serving.

Choose Your Career

Upon graduating from the program, you will become certified to teach Early Childhood Education (birth–2nd grade) and teaching students with disabilities.

Where are Pace Graduates Employed?

NYC DOE, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Public School Districts


of our graduates are employed


Highest Paid Education Graduates (Source: College Factual)


Special Education Job Placement (Source: Intelligent.com)