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Bachelor of Science
Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
Birth–Grade 2, Initial Certification

Prepare for dual teacher certification in New York State as you master core subjects in mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts, with a focus on how children learn at different developmental stages. You will be prepared to teach in general education or special education settings, as well as early intervention, home-based, day care, and other infant/toddler programs.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, Grades 1–6, Initial Certification

Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
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Application Deadlines
Early Decision 1
Early Decision 2
Regular Decision
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You’ll combine a liberal arts core in areas such as history, literature, science, and mathematics with courses on human development, educational foundations, and inquiry-based education to ensure that you have a robust foundation, learning: 

  • A firm knowledge of human development and variability in development
  • How to develop learning environments to meet the diverse needs of students
  • Skills to provide young learners with rich, child-centered educational environments

A Focus on How Children Learn and Develop

This is an urban-centered, field-based program designed to give you a mastery of the core content areas of the elementary curriculum (mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts). Through fieldwork with all early childhood age groups in a variety of educational and community-based settings in both general education and special education, you will learn to create and adapt environments that allow all children to reach their maximum potential.

Research Opportunities

Qualified seniors can pursue guided research in an area of educational inquiry, working closely with faculty to develop research questions, choose and implement appropriate methodologies, and more. 

Study Abroad

You'll have the unique opportunity to study human development in London, UK, or Accra, Ghana, including weekly observations in schools and classrooms for firsthand learning in the local context. You'll typically combine this course with three liberal arts electives for an unforgettable semester-long experience. You may also spend a semester abroad at one of NYU's many other study abroad sites.

This dual-certification program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (birth–grade 2). Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a number of careers, including:

  • Lead or team teacher in general education, inclusive education, and segregated special education settings
  • Elementary school supervisor, counselor, librarian, or administrator
  • Curriculum specialist or staff developer in early childhood education programs
  • Resource room, itinerant, assistant, or consulting teacher
  • Inclusion coordinator
  • Social service agency caseworker
  • After-school director
  • Children's book editor or children's television producer

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact program directors Katie Newhouse at for Special Education and Erin O'Connor at for Early Childhood Education.

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