About this course
The Early Childhood Special Educationprograms will provide you with the understanding and skill to work with young children in the full range of development in general, inclusive or special education settings (PreK, Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade). In this curriculum rich program you will engage diverse learners in active, experiential learning, meeting their needs by building on children's strengths and interests while addressing their challenges. Through studying the ongoing cycle of observation, assessment and instructional planning you will be able to help young children with varying ability realize their full educational potential.
You will learn to understand the relationships among culture, language and learning in families. Bank Street's interdisciplinary approach and developmental - interaction philosophy will enable you to support growth and learning of the whole child in the context of famly and community.
The criteria described here apply to applicants for all graduate degree programs. Applicants should consult specific degree program descriptions on this site for additional requirements and prerequisites. Bank Street College seeks applicants who demonstrate the following:
- A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
- An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and depth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in their professional lives.
- Sensitivity to others, flexibility, self-awareness, and a willingness and capacity to engage in self-reflection.
- Positive interpersonal skills in relationships with both children and adults.
- A healthy motivation and commitment to learning and to children.
Additional Admissions Criteria for Programs Leading to Certification
- Programs leading to initial certification in New York State require that applicants meet breadth and depth distribution in the liberal arts and sciences, including depth of at least ten courses in one liberal arts and science major or area of concentration. Students missing a course prerequisite will need to complete any undergraduate or graduate level course in the subject(s) required, as outlined in the acceptance letter, within their first year at Bank Street.
- Programs leading only to professional certification require that applicants have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification. Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification program need to have an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special Education program need to have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification in general education at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or childhood level (grades 1-6).
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special and General Education Dual Degree program apply to Bank Street College and to Columbia School of Social Work separately and need to have an academic background in the liberal arts and sciences.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special Education Advanced Certificate (Non-Degree) must have a master's degree in education and already hold New York State initial/professional teaching certification in general education at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or childhood level (grades 1-6). Applicants to this certificate program will need to fill out the "Application to a Certificate Sequence" listed under "Other Applications and Forms" on the Apply Now page.
- Applicants to the Early Childhood Special and General Education program with Purchase College, SUNY must have a GPA of 3.0 overall and in the early childhood courses taken at Purchase College, SUNY.