Prepare to work collaboratively with families, professionals, and community organizations to create quality care for young children in urban settings. This master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification in both general and special education at the early childhood level, or birth to grade 2. During your course of study, you must complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of student teaching at two different New York City schools.
If you already have or are eligible for initial teaching certification, you may also apply to the MA in Special Education: Early Childhood Education.
Degree Name: Early Childhood Ed/Special Ed: Early Childhood, Birth–Grade 2: Dual Certification
Academic Plan Code: ESEE
Academic Load: Full-time ONLY.
Summer: February 1
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You must have completed the following content core requirements for your intended teaching certification area, as regulated by the New York State Education Department, prior to enrollment:
- Liberal arts major or 30 semester hours in a single liberal arts concentration
- 3 semester hours of English
- 3 semester hours of mathematics (includes statistics)
- 3 semester hours of natural or physical sciences
- 3 semester hours of social science/studies
- 3 semester hours of a language other than English (American Sign Language is acceptable)
See more on content core requirements.
The Admissions Committee performs a full transcript review to evaluate courses appearing on all college transcripts. Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits are included in the review. Therefore, it is important to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended. Failure to provide an official transcript from institutions listed on your current transcript as transfer credits will significantly delay the application process.
Any deficiencies in the teacher certification core content requirements may be fulfilled by enrolling in college-level courses at any accredited college or by completing approved CLEP exams. Courses must bear academic credit and show a grade, equivalent to "C" or better for consideration. Pass/Fail courses are not considered. See more information about CLEP exams.
Unfortunately, NYU Steinhardt cannot perform a transcript review prior to you applying to our program. Transcripts will be reviewed in detail, as part of the application process, by the Admissions Committee.
We review all applications individually and holistically, but our expectation is that successful candidates for admission to any NYU Steinhardt MA program in teacher education will have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Special consideration may be granted to strong candidates with a GPA below 3.0.
How to Apply
These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.
Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.
1. Prepare Your Application
You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.
You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.
Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.
Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.
If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.
Effective November 18, 2021, the GRE or MAT is NOT Required.
See testing requirements.
After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.
You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.
If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.
Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.
Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.
Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.
3. Receive Your Admission Decision
You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.