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Psychology, Early Childhood and Special Education

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Work with Young Children and Families!

What Can I do with my Degree?

With expertise in Psychology and an Early Childhood Certification, you can explore many career options, such as:

  • Classroom teachers in Community Preschools, Head Start, Universal Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd Grade.
  • Preschool Director / Child Care Director
  • Home Visitor
  • Book Author
  • Early Bilingual Specialists

Combine that with a dual certification in special education, and you can also consider the following:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Early Intervention

What Does Student Teaching Look Like?

At the School of Education, we believe in clinically-rich field experiences for all of our aspiring educators, and our early childhood education program is no exception. Here are some highlights:

  • Student teach full time your last spring semester
  • Work in an early childhood classroom
  • Choose to be in a preschool, Universal Pre-K (NYC), Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade
  • We partner with amazing schools in all five boroughs and Westchester
  • Many students choose their own settings

Financial Aid

Pace-based merit financial aid can be applied to the fifth year within Pace's policy.

Prerequisites

Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for full admission to the School of Education graduate program. Provisional admission of students with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 is possible, given consideration of other admissions elements. This follows the current admissions policy for traditional MST Early Childhood Education programs.

Apply by spring semester, junior year.

Contact

Dr. Raquel Plotka
Associate Professor
Phone: (212) 618-6950
Email: rplotka@pace.edu