Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
: Classroom teacher for birth to grade 2 in General Education and Special Education
: Fall, Spring, or Summer
: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Our program of study explores both theory and practice relevant to contemporary issues (diverse learners, English language learners, behavior management, social-emotional development, technology, inclusive teaching) and changing definitions of both teacher and learner. Candidates are immersed in a preparatory process that addresses the needs of all learners and considers the changing needs of all teachers.
Candidates develop teaching skills and apply knowledge learned in courses during their field experience in a wide range of age/grade and school settings. Candidate’s professional development is supported by expert faculty, master teachers and field advisers/mentors in a variety of school settings
Applicants must have LAS prerequisites in 7 areas of study, including English literature, math, foreign language, writing or communications, artistic expression and social sciences.
Visit the Admissions section
for applications and general application requirements
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
Dual Certification and Extension Program Options
Dual Certification program with Childhood
certification is available.
Extension programs are available in areas of Bilingual Education
and Childhood Special Education
The practical application of theory, teaching strategies, curriculum construction and behavior management is woven into student teaching throughout our program. Generally, student teaching requires one full academic year, with placements in two different grade levels. In the fall semester, students complete 3 full days per week, and in the spring semester, 5 full days per week. Students are mentored by a field specialist and placed in our high needs “partnership schools” in New York City.
Our courses provide a multi-dimensional framework of historical and current early childhood approaches to teaching young children. Click any course title to read the course description. Browse all course descriptions
General Education and Special Education degrees lead toward certification in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education of children from Birth to- second grade.
Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, state mandated workshops and mandated state exams, completed course of study and established field experience are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. Read more about certification procedures
Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher educationgraduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.