Early Childhood Special Education M.S.T.

Field instructor

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
Credits: 45
Career Path: Classroom teacher for birth to grade 2 in General Education and Special Education
Start Semester: Fall or Summer
Campus: Lincoln Center, Online

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. A candidate's professional development is supported by expert faculty, master teachers, and field advisers/mentors in a variety of school settings.

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Fieldwork required for financial aid and scholarships.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 30
  • Summer: April 15

General Teacher Education Program Admissions Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Online application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Fieldwork Requirements

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 with general education and special education students.

In the fall semester, students complete four full days per week, and in the spring semester, four full days per week. Students are mentored by a field specialist and placed in our high-needs partnership schools in New York City.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses.


GSE Admissions
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Program Contacts
Marilyn Bisberg, M.S., Early Childhood Special Education
Chun Zhang, Ph.D.