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Early Childhood Special Education, MSE

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Early Childhood Special Education


Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15


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Degree: Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
Credits: 30 (minimum)
Career Path: NYS Certification in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood

Start Semester: Fall, Spring, or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

The early experiences of young children with special needs can have a dramatic impact on their success as learners. The goal of the Early Childhood Special Education Master’s Degree program is three fold.
  1. The first is to provide teachers with knowledge of the development and assessment of young children with Special Needs (birth through grade 2).
  2. The second is to provide teachers with expertise in intervention strategies, including impromptu modification, adaptation, differentiation, response to intervention, and guiding positive behaviors.
  3. The third is to prepare teachers to advocate for children/families.
An eclectic knowledge base with dynamic qualities play significant roles in preparing special education teachers to meet the needs of all children with disabilities and their families.

Contemporary ideas and current mandates are redefining both teaching and learning. Teachers’ responsibilities are changing.Teaching all children requires expertise in theory, practice and advocacy. Ability, disability, development, reflective practice, family and the law are included in the courses for this degree.

This degree program provides rigorous academic course work to develop the knowledge and skills needed for success as teachers/service providers for young children with disabilities. Coursework is coupled with hands-on practical field observations and student teaching experiences that put ideas into action.

All Fordham University Special Education programs are nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must already hold NYS certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Education, or the equivalent.

Admissions Information

Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

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Fieldwork Requirements

Student teaching/practicum is required. Students are mentored by a field specialist. Current students/teachers are encouraged to apply. Courses are scheduled in the evening. Fieldwork requirements may be embedded into participants' work schedules. Requirements are determined during academic advisement.

Program Curriculum

Click any course title to read the course description. Browse all course descriptions.

Certification Information

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete state-mandated workshops, pass NYS exams, complete the course of study and established field experience are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York State certification in their program area. Read more about certification requirements and procedures at

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.


GSE Admissions

Program Faculty:
  • Dr. Chun Zhang
  • Marilyn Bisberg, M.S. Early Childhood Special Education

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