Childhood and Childhood Special Education, MST

Campus: NYC, Westchester


Career changers and college graduates who want to teach elementary age children (grades 1-6), 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 elementary and special education classrooms.

How You Learn 

This 47-credit program provides a focused exploration into the organization of schools, the different ways that students learn, and the adaptation of teaching methods to meet the needs of individual students with and without disabilities in inclusive and self-contained settings. 

Career Outcomes 

After completing the program and passing the New York State Teacher Certification Exams, candidates are eligible for initial teaching certifications in Childhood Education (grades 1–6) and Students with Disabilities (grades 1–6) in New York State. 


Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of 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.

We require the GRE-Graduate Record Examination—General Test.  Performance on the GRE will not outweigh the other required criteria in your application.

Core Courses
TCH 211AChild Abuse and Violence Prevention0
TCH 211DDASA- Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools, Prevention & Intervention0
EDG 601Social Foundations1.5
EDG 602CChild Development1.5
EDG 605General Assessment3
EDG 606Learning Environments3
EDG 609Language, Literacy, and Global Perspectives3
EDG 610Curriculum and Methods in Inclusive Settings3
Childhood Concentration (gr. 1-6)
EDG 623Health, Wellness, and Movement in Elementary Education1
EDG 624Applied Arts in the classroom1
EDG 626Literacy Methods for Diverse Populations (K-6)3
EDG 627Literacy Methods in Social Studies and Content Area Learning4
EDG 636Childhood Science Teaching Methods3
EDG 637Childhood Math Teaching Methods3
Special Education Concentration
EDG 607Supporting Positive Behavior and Autonomy3
EDG 618Individual Program Planning3
ED 671Assessment, Diagnosis, Evaluation and Instructional Planning2
Capstone Experience
Select nine credits of the following:9
Teacher as Researcher
Student Teaching and Seminar in the Childhood Classroom
Practicum in Special Education
Total Credits47