M.S. Ed & Special Education

Program Description

The College of Mount St. Vincent and Manhattanville’s Master of Science in Early Childhood Education & Special Education degree is the first choice for anyone considering a career in the field of education/special education. This 46-credit degree culminates in a recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification, Birth-Grade 2. Students are eligible for Internship Certification, i.e., P3’s etc., after completing 50% of the program. It also has a built-in option to extend to Grades 1-6 and another option to extend to Generalist Grades 7-12.

Certified childhood special education teachers are in high demand in agencies, elementary schools, care facilities, and other organizations nationwide. The U.S. Department of Education regularly includes special education on its annual state-by-state Teacher Shortage Areas list.

Career opportunities include far more than classroom teaching. The list of career choices includes:

  • Special Education Teacher: Inclusion, push-in/pull-out instruction, co-teaching, resource room, self-contained, community or alternative home setting
  • P-3 provider
  • Behavioral therapist
  • Social skills therapist
  • Curriculum development in Childhood Special Education
  • Reading remediation/Kriyah Specialist
  • Special Education assessment and program development (with license)
  • Advocate for children with disabilities
  • Consultant/Advisor: Children with disabilities
  • Special Education Instructional Coach for general education teachers
  • Special Education Co-Teacher with general education teachers
  • Employment in public/private learning communities, health facilities, and organizations
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The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Master of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education & Special Education, Birth-Grade 2, is an accelerated 46-credit program that culminates in a recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification Birth-Grade 2, with a built-in option to extend to Grades 1-6. Graduates are certified to teach general and special education across a variety of program settings including home, center-based programs, inclusive schools, private and public-school classes, and programs.
Students are eligible for Internship Certification after completing two semesters. Students who wish to extend their certification to Generalist Grades 7-12, can take two extra courses upon program completion.

We are proud to have partnered with the College of Mount Saint Vincent, a highly ranked college featuring an outstanding undergraduate Psychology department.
Among the five oldest colleges in New York City, MSV offers more than 70 nationally recognized programs, including a full array of majors and minors in the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, arts, and social sciences, and professional preparation in accounting, business, communication, education, and nursing.

The degree can be completed in just four semesters.

The College of MSV prides itself on offering superior education along with outstanding student support in a culturally sensitive environment. They are understanding of the unique requirements and religious sensitivities of the students recruited by Sara Schenirer and have worked diligently to accommodate our requests to ensure an environment suitable for a Yeshiva graduate. For the Men’s Program, CMSV employs only male teachers who are sensitive to our community’s unique requirements.

Classroom instruction is only one of the many career opportunities that this degree offers. Most graduates use the degree toward a career in special education which offers a wide array of opportunities. Included among them is working as a SEIT, P-3 provider, behavioral therapist, social skills therapist, UPK, special education coach & consultant, curriculum developer and much more.

Special education is one of the fastest growing education career fields nationwide, according to government statistics, and our experience and research confirm that. A recent poll of Sara Schenirer graduates showed that more than 95% found jobs in the field within one year of graduating. Five years later, more than 70% were still employed in the field. This job is ideal for a man who wishes to work within the yeshiva or public-school system. It offers many opportunities for part-time or full-time positions, and as potential for growth in the administrative field as well.

We pride ourselves on the high-quality education, accelerated degrees, uncompromising environment, and the stellar professors that our degree-granting partners are able to offer. Most of all, we delight in the warm and supportive attention every single student receives throughout his years as a CMSV student. The world of college and degrees is confusing, costly, and difficult to navigate. We work extra hard to offer personal guidance to every student to ensure their success and timely graduation.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g. yeshiva, college) with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
Students must also take the GRE before beginning the degree program. Please see the GRE fact sheet for details on how to obtain study materials and how to register for the test. Please note that the GRE is one of many variables that the college uses to determine acceptance. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of their GRE score.

Yes. Up to six graduate level credits earned in a master’s program may be accepted.

Courses are offered live-online during evening hours. Each class meets for one hour and thirty minutes at a specified time between 7-10 pm. Students log on to a designated website from their own locations and participate in an interactive lecture. The instructor as well as all the students, are visible on the screen, can talk to one another and communicate via headsets and chat through the computer. The learning experience is very similar to a classroom, but it takes place online instead.

No. Each course is a hybrid course, which means that approximately 24 hours will be taught in class, and 13.5 hours will consist of online assignments. In addition, one course per semester will be entirely online without a live component.

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year through the federal unsubsidized direct loan program. After the origination fee, the remaining balance due can be paid by semester or on a monthly payment plan.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at
Mount St. Vincent’s FAFSA school code is 002703.
Be sure to complete the correct year’s application (2021-22 for Fall 2021, 2022-23 for Fall 2022).

Registration is now open for Fall (September) or Spring (January) semester. Applications are accepted until approximately fourteen days before the start of the semester. Please inquire about specific dates for the coming semester.
The GRE Exam must be taken or scheduled to be taken no later than five days prior to the start of the semester. Information is attached to this sheet.

Since this is an online program, location is not a factor provided the student remains in a similar time-zone. Relocating to Eretz Yisroel requires separate arrangements which will need to be coordinated on an individual basis. Additionally, since The College of MSV is an accredited college, credits can be transferred to colleges and universities worldwide.

To apply, you must complete an application which is available on our website or through our office. To request an application, please email applications@sarasch.com.
When completing the application, you will be requested to supply:
• Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript/s
• Two Letters of Recommendation (These need not be your teacher, principal, or employer)
• Typed Essay (300-500 words) describing personal philosophy of education, statement of intent, and rationale for pursuing the degree through CMSV
• Current Resume
• Official GRE Score Report (if available)
• Personal Photograph
Even if you do not have these available at the time of application, we recommend submitting your application immediately and the required documentation as they become available. Once your application is submitted with all the required documents, an interview will be scheduled to continue the admissions process.

Please note: Credits in the following areas are required for NYS Teacher Certification. If you have not fulfilled these requirements at the bachelor’s level, we will guide you on how to fulfill them while completing your master’s courses.
• Communication
• Mathematics
• Scientific Processes
• Written Analysis & Expression
• Concepts in Historical & Social Science
• Artistic Expression
• Foreign Language
• Information Retrieval
• Humanities
If you wish to teach outside of NYS, you will need to transfer your certification to the state in which you reside. The requirements for each state can be found on the Department of Education website for that state.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We can be reached at information@sarasch.com or (718) 633-8557 ext. 32.

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Course Listing


Foundations in Urban and Multicultural Education


Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity


Psychology of Teaching and Learning


Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings


Practicum in Childhood Education


Teaching Social Studies and Science in Inclusive Settings


Classroom Management and Social Skills Development


Student Teaching Childhood Education


Teaching Literacy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom


Research for Classroom Teachers


Assessment and remediation of Literacy Disabilities


Strategies for Inclusion


Practicum in Assessment and Instruction of Special Learners


Life Span Education: Transition from Birth to Adulthood


Student Teaching in Special Education

Career Paths

Wondering what else you can do with a Master of Education Degree (MS.Ed.) besides teach? While teaching may be the obvious career path for those considering an M.Ed., there are actually a number of non-teaching careers where an M.Ed. is required. Popular jobs include a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) provider, a P3 provider, an Early Intervention therapist who works with the 0-3 year population, a resource room teacher, an Educational Consultant, an Edtpa consultant, a curriculum developer, a social skills specialist, or a supervisor or principal role. Typically salary increases as you gain experience in the field.





based on salary.com for special education teacher in NY


Career Paths

Financial Aid is available in the form of student loans Student loans and can be used to cover the full cost of the degree.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at https://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

CMSV’s FAFSA school code is 002703.

Manhattanville’s FAFSA school code is 002760.

Be sure to complete the correct year’s application.

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