Childhood Special Education
Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)
Career Path: For candidates who are not certified teachers. This program leads to initial certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities in Childhood (1-6).
Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MSE)
Career Path: for candidates who already have certification in Childhood or Elementary education. It leads to initial certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Childhood.
To enable children with disabilities to reach their personal and academic potential requires caring teachers who have expertise in children’s learning and development, elementary curriculum content and pedagogy, and the specialized knowledge and skills to adapt learning environments and experiences to meet individual children’s needs.
The Childhood Special Education program prepares such teachers through a rigorous academic program that builds on a foundation of childhood education and psychology and provides a strong sequence of field experiences and student teaching.
- Fall: June 30
- Spring: November 15
- Summer (both sessions): April 15
Effective immediately, those applying to Teaching or Educational Leadership programs at the master's or advanced certificate level are now required to submit standardized GRE or equivalent exam scores with their application.
Students gain student teaching experience in both regular and special education settings. For the MST program, one full year of student teaching is required, consisting of four full days per week:
- Assessment of All Children with Disabilities (CTGE5159)
- Beginning Reading and Writing in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE5534)
- Children’s Literature in a Multicultural Society (CTGE5245)
- Childhood Special Education Portfolio (CTGE0718)
- Differentiating Instruction for Children with Diverse Needs (CTGE5161)
- Environments for Managing Challenging Behavior (PSGE6324)
- Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
- Literacy Across the Curriculum in Inclusive Classrooms (CTGE5548)
- Psychology of Child Development and Learning (PSGE5316)
- Reflective Practice and Field Experience I in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5551)
- Reflective Practice and Field Experience II in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5552)
- Reflective Practice and Student Teaching I in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5553)
- Reflective Practice and Student Teaching II in an Inclusive Childhood Classroom (CTGE5554)
- Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
- Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (CTGE5247)
- Teaching Mathematics to Children (CTGE5227)
- Teaching Science and Technology to Children (CTGE5242)
- Teaching Social Studies to Children (CTGE5066)
- Teaching Technology to Children (CTGE5065)
- The Arts in Childhood Education (CTGE5212)
Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area.
Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.