Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special and General Education
In this program you will learn how to assess and support the development of babies and toddlers during one of the most important periods of their lives.
You will also learn strategies for working with families in a variety of settings including child care, schools and early intervention. This program leads you to dual certification in Early Childhood Special and General Education – birth to grade 2.
This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 50 credits.
The heart of the program is a year-long supervised fieldwork experience.
- Your opportunity to connect theory and practice.
- You will have a reflective relationship with a mentor and a group of peers.
- Your experiences will include typically developing children, as well as with children with more specialized needs.
- You will have the flexibility to do your fieldwork in a paid position or as a student teacher.
To meet New York State requirements, all graduate students in this program have supervised fieldwork experiences in a birth-2’s setting. Students also must have experiences in kindergarten, and in grades 1-2, in an under-resourced program, as well as in a special education or inclusion setting. All graduate students in this program fulfill some of these placement requirements through course assignments. Student teachers fulfill remaining experiences through their placements in the fall and spring. Working teachers and assistants may need to fulfill an additional fieldwork experience where they will be placed by Bank Street in the appropriate setting to meet their degree requirements.
The early intervention field is creative, and flexible. Our graduates work as:
- Teachers in nursery schools, child care centers and Early Head Start Programs
- Early Interventionists in homes and group programs
- Directors and Educational Directors
- Developmental evaluators
Alumni Spotlight: Quiana Jackson
Quiana Jackson, GSE ’19, shares how her experience at Bank Street helped her connect deeply with the families she works with.