The College of Mount St. Vincent’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 after completing 50% of the program. Graduates can easily extend their certification to Grades 1-6.
Certified early childhood and 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
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. Students can easily extend their certification 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 additional courses upon program completion.
We are proud to have partnered with The College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV), a highly ranked college featuring an outstanding Education department.
Among the five oldest colleges in New York City, CMSV offers more than 70 nationally recognized programs, including a full array of majors and minors in education.
Since we have a fully online program, it is possible to finish your degree without any loss of credits. Additionally, for those students who relocate to Eretz Yisroel, our online program has a track which accomodates the time difference. Additionally, since MSV is an accredited college, credits can be transferred to colleges and universities worldwide.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at this link. Be sure to complete the correct year’s application. CMSV’s FAFSA school code is 002703.
Additionally, there are a number of scholarships open to Jewish graduate students for which we encourage you to apply:
Rose Biller Scholarship Fund – The Rose Biller Scholarship Fund is open to Jewish residents of NYC’s five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island with financial need. It provides scholarships to Jewish men and women with significant economic need attending undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.
Helen B and Lewis E Goldstein Scholarship Fund – The Helen B and Lewis E Goldstein Scholarship Fund is open to Jewish full-time students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school in the United States.
Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund – The Samuel Lemberg Scholarship Loan Fund provides interest-free loans to aid Jewish undergraduate and graduate college students who exhibit exceptional academic achievement and face financial difficulties pursuing a higher education. These loans must be repaid within ten years of graduation or termination of studies.
To get more information on these scholarships, please reach out to each organization directly. Please check scholarship websites for availability and deadlines. Most scholarships are not available every semester.
To request an application, please submit this form.
When completing the application, you will also be requested to supply:
- Undergraduate Transcript(s)
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Typed Essay describing personal philosophy of education, statement of intent, and rationale for pursuing the degree through CMSV
- Current Resume
- Personal Photograph
- Non-refundable application fee
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.
- Scientific Processes
- Written Analysis & Expression
- Concepts in Historical & Social Science
- Artistic Expression
- Foreign Language
- Information Retrieval
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.
Language, Cognitive Development, and Cultural Diversity
Teaching Social Studies & Science in Inclusive Settings
Classroom Management and Social Skills Development
Student Teaching in Special Education