Leading Through Inquiry, Inclusion, and Action

M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education

Syracuse University's M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education(ECSE) is one of the top-ranked programs in the nation. Our program in ECSE reflects the most up-to-date thinking about teaching infants, young children, and primary-age children (with or without special needs). We prepare teachers to work effectively with children across age, cultural, linguistic, and educational and community settings.

Why ECSE at Syracuse? If you want:

  • To work with children aged from birth through grade 2.
  • To become a teacher who emphasizes collaboration and teamwork with other non-teaching professionals and partnerships with families;
  • To be certified in New York State in both Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (Birth through Grade 2). No previous coursework in education or teacher certification is required for this program!
  • To learn about working with diverse infants, young children, and their families in home, school, medical, community-based educational settings.
  • A program that provides multiple field placements which allow you to integrate what you learn with experiences in a variety of urban and suburban school settings with teachers and children with diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • An early childhood special education program from an institution that is recognized for its longstanding history of training that infuses clinical practice with cutting edge research.
  • A master's program that can be completed in 12-16 months of full time study - or part time until the student teaching requirement.
  • A 25% reduction in tuition through the School of Education High Needs Scholarship.

Our Graduates Become

  • home-based itinerant teachers,
  • early childhood special educators,
  • general preschool teachers,
  • teacher consultants,
  • public school teachers in kindergarten and the early primary grades.

Program Contacts

Gail Ensher, Program Coordinator

Michelle Mondo

Ready to apply?

Syracuse University Graduate School Application