Barbara Schwartz

Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education

Phone: 212-998-5527
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-6 PM by appointment

I am currently the Director of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education graduate programs where I am engaged in teaching, field supervision, professional development, program administration/development and field based research. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2003 I was Director/Coordinator of the Head Start Disabilities Services Quality Improvement Center for federal region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) where for 20 years where I supported the implementation of services to support children with disabilities in Early Head Start and Head Start. I have been a Mayoral appointee to the NYC Early Intervention Coordinating Council since its inception in 1994, an advisor to the NYS Education Department and the New York State Early Intervention Program under the Department of Health, a Board Member of New York Zero to Three and an active member of the NYS Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education engaging in activities related to the NYS Regents review of Early Childhood Special Education Certification. I have been actively engaged in providing training, presentations and presentations at international, national, regional and local events for over 30 years and have co-authored chapters on Head Start and early childhood special education.

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. New York University 1987
    Educational Psychology/Special education
  • MA NYU 1977
    Educational Psychology
  • M.S. Bank Street College of Education 1971
    Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. Case Western Reserve University 1969
    Art History


  • SPCED-GE 2126 - Special Needs Child: Child Family Community I
  • SPCED-GE 2160 - Education of Students with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings
  • SPCED-GE 2052 - Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • SPCED-GE 2512 - Integration Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education II
  • ECED-GE 2004 - Integration Seminar in Early Childhood Education III

Research Interests

  • Social Skills of Preschool Children with Disabilities
  • Head Start Services to Children with Disabilities
  • Friendship Development in Inclusive Settings