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Early Childhood Special Education


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Degree: Master of Science in Education (MSE)
Credits: 30 minimum*
Career Path: NYS Certification in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood

Start Semester: All
Campus: Lincoln Center/Westchester

This degree program provides rigorous academic coursework 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). 

Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships Available 

Fieldwork required for financial aid & scholarships. 

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

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

Program Prerequisites

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
  • GRE or MAT exam scores 

In addition to the general admission and completion requirements for master's-level graduate study, candidates must provide evidence of their initial provisional or permanent/professional certification as a childhood or elementary teacher. 

*We have a 45-credit MST program for those who do not already have teacher certification.

Program Curriculum

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


GSE Admissions

Program Faculty
Chun Zhang, PhD
Marilyn Bisberg, MS, Early Childhood Special Education