Dual Certification in Early Childhood Special Education & General Education – MSEd

Discover creative ways to help young children learn and grow.

As a student in this program, you will become well-grounded in child development and its variations and develop the capacity to work in a range of settings and engage all children. This includes working with children from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and also includes children with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive variations.

This program will support your understanding that learning develops through play, social interaction, and sensory experiences and will help you to implement strategies based in current research of inclusive practices.

Become A
Bank Street Teacher

You will learn to:

  • Learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.
  • Engage all young children in play, learning, and interaction.
  • Develop a strong social justice focus in order to advocate for and with children and families.
  • Plan for dynamic and collaborative partnerships with families and school professionals.
  • Develop skill in engaging with young children of varying development in meaningful ways.

This program is for you if:

  • You are seeking your first teaching certification.
  • You want to work with children birth through grade 2 in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings.

This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 50 credits.

Discover creative ways to help young children

learn and grow.

As a student in this program, you will become well-grounded in child development and its variations and develop the capacity to work in a range of settings and engage all children. This includes working with children from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and also includes children with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive variations.

This program will support your understanding that learning develops through play, social interaction, and sensory experiences and will help you to implement strategies based in current research of inclusive practices.

You will learn to:

  • Learn to carefully observe children and use that knowledge to guide and inform your teaching.
  • Engage all young children in play, learning, and interaction.
  • Develop a strong social justice focus in order to advocate for and with children and families.
  • Plan for dynamic and collaborative partnerships with families and school professionals.
  • Develop skill in engaging with young children of varying development in meaningful ways.

This program is for you if:

  • You are seeking your first teaching certification.
  • You want to work with children birth through grade 2 in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings.

This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 50 credits.

Become A
Bank Street Teacher

Your degree will provide you with a range of career opportunities

Required Courses for Dual Certification in Early Childhood Special Education & General Education

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

Central to a Bank Street education is the integration of coursework and field experiences as you engage and educate children based on a solid grounding in what makes children tick. Through sustained experiences in the field, supervision from core faculty, and close collaboration with peers, our graduate students develop the ability to connect theory to practice and to reflect deeply on their own growth as educators. In this program, you will:

  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5 to 7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning. This will take place synchronously on Zoom.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month. These will take place synchronously on Zoom.
  • Attend periodic conference meetings with your Bank Street advisor and with the cooperating teacher. These will take place synchronously on Zoom.

There are three ways students work in classroom settings: as a student teacher (3 days each week), as a full-time assistant, or as a head teacher. In our online programs, all advisement happens virtually by either Zooming your advisor into your classroom or recording your practice.

  • Student-teachers complete three placements in pre-K, kindergarten, and grades 1 or 2, and across general education, inclusive, and special education settings.
  • Working teachers and assistants (in approved settings) may use their own classrooms for their fieldwork setting. These students will gain additional experience through placement in a summer supervised fieldwork/ advisement during the summer term.
EDUC 500   |   Credit(s) 3.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

In this course we will examine the interactions among the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development of children from infancy into adolescence. We will pay close attention to children as makers of meaning in the contexts of their development, including family, school, socio-economic class, and culture. Through reading classic and current literature, we will attend to some of the larger questions about development, such as the relationship between nature and nurture, the role of developmental theory, and the tension between the search for developmental universals and the reality of individual differences. The goal is to make developmental theory vibrant and meaningful so that the generalized theoretical child comes to enhance and inform how one understands individual children.

EDUC 800   |   Credit(s) 3.0   |   Term(s) Offered: To be announced   |   [Prerequisite: EDUC 500 or EDUC 501 or permission of instructor]

This course is designed as a forum for thinking about what it means to care for children at the beginning of the 21st century. Consideration will be given to how issues such as poverty, changing family structures, substance abuse, community violence, and HIV/AIDS affect children, teachers and the curriculum. Students will critically examine the traditional knowledge base of childhood education and child development – and explore alternative lenses for viewing children. History, literature, philosophy and feminist theory will be used to reflect upon taken-for-granted assumptions about childhood. Students will learn how reading, writing and interpreting narrative can become an invaluable source for understanding themselves and the children in their care. Prerequisite: EDUC 500 or EDUC 501 or by permission of the instructor.
Credit(s) 2.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

Based on the belief that language is an essential foundation for the learning that takes place in formal and informal education, this course will look at the typical stages of language acquisition in monolingual and multilingual children. Participants will examine the various theories about language acquisition and diversity, and about the role that caregivers and teachers play in the child’s development of language. In addition, they will analyze the political, educational, social, and emotional aspects that determine the stratification of languages and dialects. A significant part of the course will deal with the ways in which students learn English as a second language and the strategies that teachers can use to help them learn the language and to fully integrate English language learners into general and special education classrooms.

Credit(s) 3.0

his course examines the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of contemporary education, including Bank Street’s history and philosophy, the contributions of major educational leaders, and current practices and innovations in education. The course is designed to help teachers to expand and deepen their understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that influence the work of educators and children and their families.

EDUC 535   |   Credit(s) 2.0

In this workshop course, students explore basic science through discussion and hands-on experience with materials such as snails, plants, clay, boats, batteries, and bulbs. Students are helped to choose appropriate topics that may be integrated into a core curriculum. A methodology of exploration and discovery is used as a paradigm for working with children in the science curriculum.

Credit(s) 3.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

This course provides participants with an overview of mathematics learning for children grades N-6. Participants deepen their own mathematical knowledge while furthering their understanding of effective mathematics instruction. In each session, participants do math together and use these experiences to investigate the development of mathematical thinking and to reflect on their own learning. Participants explore the essential elements of a constructivist mathematics classroom in which collaboration is core to building concepts and skills. Designing a classroom where deep mathematical understanding is the primary goal requires explorations of attitudes and beliefs as well as practices and expectations. This course addresses the moral imperative that all students are capable of learning math. It focuses on creating inclusive environments for learners with developmental variations. The course also focuses on creating mathematical experiences that support students for whom English is a new language. Participants discuss classroom management strategies for grouping and individualizing instruction.

Credit(s) 3.0

This course examines the processes through which speaking, listening, reading and writing are acquired by young children. Through course readings, discussion, and hands-on experiences, students will develop an understanding of the ways in which theory and research in the fields of language development, linguistic diversity, socio-cultural perspectives, and special education form an essential basis for effective literacy teaching. Each student will observe and work with an individual child, trying out methods and materials in order to develop first-hand awareness of the reading and writing process, and roles of the teacher and child in that process. Through this integration of theory and practice, students will develop an understanding of the ways in which (1) literacy acquisition draws upon the personal, cultural, and linguistic experiences of all learners; (2) literacy acquisition can be facilitated through technology; (3) teachers can and should be the constructors of literacy curriculum that meets the needs of diverse learners; (4) assessment and instruction are ongoing and integrated processes; and (5) effective literacy education is the outcome of the collaboration of home, school, and community.

Credit(s) 3.0

This course examines the role of literature in the life of the developing child. Students gain an understanding of monolingual and bilingual language development and the relationship between aspects of young children’s language and what they relish in stories. Students examine ways to cultivate children’s ability to express experiences, ideas, and feelings in poetry, illustrated stories, nonfiction accounts and in oral discussion. Using developmental, multicultural, nonsexist, and aesthetic perspectives, students develop criteria for selecting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and folklore for children of specific ages. Ways to use literature effectively are examined, leading to the students’ understanding the functions of a variety of techniques within the young child’s classroom: telling stories; reading aloud, stimulating children’s participation in a story; and selecting stories to extend children’s understandings of social studies and science.

EDUC 591   |   Credit(s) 2.0   
 
This course is designed to introduce key elements of music, movement, sound-based media and physical education grounded in neurocognitive, developmental and critical multicultural perspectives. Students learn to create and use musical instruments from recyclable materials; explore digital composition; use equipment such as hoops, scarves and parachute, and integrate skills and repertoire with ongoing classroom curriculum. Songs, rhythms and games from diverse traditions are included to address children’s cultural and linguistic backgrounds in alignment with NYS and Common Core standards. Applications and strategies for children with special needs and dual language learners are incorporated through readings, film and guided activities (background in music, dance or sports is not required). The NYC/DOE and the NYS Division of Teacher Certification accept one (1) credit of this course as teaching special education credit. This course also fulfills Liberal Arts requirement for 1 credit of Physical Education.
Credit(s) 3.0

This course provides a framework for developing curriculum that engages all children in authentic meaning making about themselves and their wider world. Participants use principles of child development and developmental variation as a foundation for planning experiences that support deep learning. The course focuses on curriculum as the core vehicle for affirming children’s developing identities, including cultural and linguistic identity. Using social studies as the core of an integrated curriculum, participants plan using diverse materials, modalities, content, and perspectives to help children examine big questions. Participants use universal design principles to create learning experiences that are inclusive of a broadly diverse range of learners.

Credit(s) 1.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

This course will explore autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from historical, cultural, political, and developmental lenses. It will support graduate students in thinking deeply and from multiple perspectives about the evolution of our understandings about and interventions with the broad range of characteristics of learning and development attributed to people with ASD. This course considers the significance of home and/or school as the primary sources of educational intervention and direct services for children with ASD. Participants will consider the importance of providing young children with ASD with an educational program that is responsive to each child’s unique pattern of relative strengths and vulnerabilities and will learn ways to partner in this work with a diverse range of families. Participants will explore the use of assistive technology as a tool for supporting student learning, communication, and independence.

Credit(s) 2.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

This course is designed to increase participants’ awareness and understanding of the educational, social, cultural, linguistic and developmental implications of disability from historical, legal, and socio-political perspectives. The course will critically examine state and federal special education and disability laws and regulations and their implementation across a range of settings including their intersection with issues of race, class, language, and gender. There is an emphasis on understanding how disability is socially constructed at the levels of family, community, school, and the larger society. Participants apply an understanding of developmental variations to analyze and create accessible learning experiences for children. Prerequisite: EDUC 500 or 501 or 800; or permission of instructor.

Credit(s) 1.0   |   This course is offered as a blended or fully online course

This course explores play as central to supporting the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children with varying developmental and learning variations. Participants will learn a variety of therapeutic play techniques that promote self-regulation, self-esteem, and emotional expression, and development across domains. This course is appropriate for general and special education teachers, parents, caregivers, child life specialists, social workers, therapists, and counselors. Participants are required to have prior coursework focused on child development and on developmental variations.

Credit(s) 2.0

This course examines communication, language, and literacy as they emerge in monolingual and multilingual children from infancy through early childhood. Participants examine how language, socialization, communicative competence, and literacy develop within, and are impacted by, children’s sociocultural contexts. Participants are introduced to communication disorders and other learning variations of the early years that affect language and literacy learning. Specific practices are identified to enhance the experience of young children who are receiving services in school as English language learners. Modifications and adaptations to support children with learning variations are explored. Prerequisite: EDUC 500 or EDUC 800. Pre- or Co-requisite: EDUC 505.