New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Graduate programs in Special Education


70 Washington Square South

New York City, NY 10012

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. in Special Education/Childhood

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our master’s programs in Special Education prepare you for teaching positions working with children who have a range of skills and abilities from birth through grade 6. We offer two M.A. programs that prepare you to teach in general education classrooms, special education settings, and combined classroom environments: - Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (birth-grade2) - Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education (grades 1-6) These programs are designed to meet the academic requirements for initial teacher certification for New York State and many other states around the country. We encourage you, as an NYU student, to view all children as individuals with varying degrees of skills and potential for quality lives in schools, home, work and recreation in their communities.

Your coursework begins with Foundations in Special Education, teaching methods, and the critical education issues of our times, with focus on developmental, linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity and educational equity. Courses provide you with hands-on learning through observation and supervised student teaching in a wide range of public and independent settings. NYU faculty and supervisors provide intensive feedback and suggestions throughout the program to help you develop and refine teaching techniques and skills. We also offer special education master’s programs in Early Childhood or Childhood Education for teachers who are seeking professional certification.

The majority of our graduates teach in urban classrooms in New York City schools and around the country, and other settings for children with disabilities. Some graduates have opened their own schools or established private practices providing academic and behavioral support to individuals requiring services.

Generous scholarships are available to help fund your graduate education. Applications to the master’s programs in Special Education for fall enrollment are due by February 1.


New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $1,422 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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