Early Childhood and Special Education Online

About our early childhood and special education program

An educator is also a lifelong learner. For current teachers, a graduate degree can lead to professional certification in NY State or can help you specialize your career and may qualify you for a salary increase or promotion. For professionals in a non-teaching career who have a bachelor's degree but want to move into a teaching career, an M.Ed. in teaching could be the path you're looking for.

Niagara University's College of Education offers a master of science in education, early childhood education and special education that leads to initial and professional New York state teacher certifications in both early childhood education (birth through grade two) and students with disabilities (birth through grade two). Graduates of the program will be able to serve as teachers, leaders and directors of early childhood programs, development specialists, teacher educators, etc., in a variety of early childhood and educational settings.

Initial Certification with Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education B-2: Program will be offered fall 2020
Professional Certification with Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education B-2

The importance of early childhood and special education teachers

Early childhood and early childhood special educators in today's world are dedicated professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of young children. They appreciate and embrace the diverse range of the needs of their students and families. They remain lifelong learners as they seek out and implement validated practices that are supported by research in the field. They are able to work effectively within a variety of settings, situations and personalities. Early childhood and early childhood special education teachers are able to assess and evaluate student progress; make appropriate accommodations and deliver individualized instruction that is based upon each student's individual educational program. Finally, early childhood and early childhood special educators are constant agents of positive change in an exciting field.