Is this program for me?

Students in Early Childhood Special Education come from a range of backgrounds - some have certification in either early childhood or special education, some have certification in another area of teaching, and some have no previous educational coursework or certifications. Student applications and credentials are evaluated on an individual basis regardless of their teaching background.

Based on their transcripts, some students may need to take additional liberal arts prerequisite courses in order to graduate from the ECSE program - these do not need to be taken before applying or acceptance, and in most cases can be completed during graduate study at Syracuse. Interested students should contact Marie Sarno, Program Specialist, as early as possible (including before applying) to have unofficial transcripts reviewed against the liberal arts requirements.  This allows more time to enroll in needed courses. 

What do I need to apply?

  • Graduate teacher preparation and school leadership candidates must submit:
    • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogy Test (MAT), or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination. Please note that in-service teachers and school administrators who have completed a master’s degree and have obtained teacher certifications are not required to submit GRE or MAT exam scores.
    • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • Personal essay demonstrating candidates’ beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
  • An earned (or about to be earned) bachelor’s degree and official transcripts
  • Strong teacher and/or employer recommendations.
  • Experience working with children in formal or informal capacities.
  • Although we don’t require an interview, it is recommended and we do encourage that you speak with the program coordinator before or during the application process.

What is the Application Deadline?

There is no firm application deadline. Applications are considered for Fall, Spring or Summer, although a Summer start is often beneficial to the sequencing of courses for full-time students.

Those who wish to apply for a School of Education Scholarship should apply by January 15 for the following fall semester’s scholarships. Scholarship questions should be directed to Angela Flanagan at 315-443-4754.

For general information about graduate admissions and study, please contact Speranza Migliore at or 315-443-2505.

Ready to apply?

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