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Early Childhood Special Education

Syracuse University

24 months
31212 USD/year
31212 USD/year
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The Early Childhood Special Education program at Syracuse University leads to certification in both general early childhood and early childhood special education, birth through grade 2.  This program reflects the most up-to-date thinking about teaching infants, young children, and primary-age children (with or without special needs).


Key facts

The primary goal of the program at Syracuse University is to prepare teachers to work effectively with children of a variety of ages and cultural and linguistic abilities, and serve children who live in diverse family systems in a range of home, community, and educational settings. We seek to accomplish this through collaboration and teamwork among professionals of diverse disciplines and in partnership with the families we serve.

The Early Childhood Special Education program draws upon the expertise and scholarship of faculty members who are leaders in the fields of child and family studies, early childhood, special and elementary education, literacy, and other related professional disciplines, including neonatology, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. The program has a long-standing history of providing training that infuses clinical practice with current research. As they study areas such as early assessment and intervention with infants, students work closely with faculty members who have extensive clinical experience.  


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Parent/Caregiver-Professional Partnership
  • Teaching Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors 
  • Methods of Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners 
  • Methods and Curricula in Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Augmentation of Communication in the Inclusive Classroom 
  • Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education 
  • Chld&Fam Crss/Cltrl Persp 
  • Families of Students with Disabilities 
  • Early Intervention for Children's Reading Problems 3 credit(s)
  • Practicum in Psychoeducational Evaluation and Planning for Exceptional Children 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study.
  • Competitive scores on one of the following admissions entrance exams: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); Miller Analogy Test (MAT); or other acceptable, nationally normed admissions examination; or a passing score on the Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators, edTPA, or ATS-W exam.
  • A personal essay describing the candidate’s beliefs about student learning, commitment to diversity, enthusiasm for learning, willingness to foster collaboration, and ethics.
  • Prior experiences working with children
  • 3 Letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  • Resume or CV
  • Interview required in person or via videoconference
  • Applicants with or without teacher certification may apply; however, students with Birth-Grade 2 Students with Disabilities certification are not eligible for this program.

Tuition Fee

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    31212 USD/year
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    31212 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31212 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Syracuse

935 - 1370 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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