Childhood and Childhood Special Education, MST

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. For more information, please click here:


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 MST in Childhood and Childhood Special Education 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. The GRE is also required.