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Early Childhood Special Education, Advanced Certificate

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Early Childhood Special Education


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


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Degree: Advanced Certificate
Credits: 18 credits (minimum)
Career Path: Teacher of children with disabilities in early childhood

Start Semester: Fall or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-Time: Both

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 this program.

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 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(RTl), and guiding positive behavior.
  3. The third is to prepare teachers to advocate for children, families and our profession. An eclectic knowledge base with dynamic leadership qualities plays significant roles in preparing special education teachers to meet the needs of all children with disabilities and their families.
This certificate 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 practiced field observations and student teaching experiences that put ideas into action.

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must have a masters degree and an initial or professional certification in early childhood or childhood education, or the equivalent.

Admissions information

Admissions section for applications and general appìication requirements.

Application Deadlines
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15
  • Fall: July l

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Fieldwork Requirements

Student teaching/practicum is mandatory; requirements are determined during academic advisement. Fieldwork may be embedded into work schedule. Courses are scheduled in the evening. Current students/teachers are encouraged to apply.

Program Curriculum

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Program Courses:

Certification Information

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

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


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

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