Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
In this program you will specialize in the development of babies and toddlers.
You will learn how to design programs and environments for very young children, developmental assessment and how to work with their families in a variety of settings. This program is for students who already have initial certification in early childhood education.
This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education or a Master of Education (for those students with a prior master’s degree in education), and requires 36 credits.
In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:
- Applicants must already hold a valid New York State certification in General Education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level.
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 children with disabilities.
- You will have the flexibility to do your fieldwork in a paid position or as a student teacher.
New York State requires all graduate students in this program to have a supervised fieldwork experience in a special education or inclusion setting. Student teachers fulfill this experience through their placement in the fall or spring. Working teachers and assistants may need to enroll in an additional fieldwork placement, where they will be placed by Bank Street in the appropriate setting to fulfill 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
The Infancy Institute
Each year, Bank Street’s Infancy Institute welcomes hundreds of infant/toddler specialists to explore cutting-edge developments in research, relationship-based practice, and family-centered care. The conference has educated thousands of professionals for over three decades by setting them up with the tools to thrive in the many settings where they work with our youngest children.An annual conference for current and aspiring infant/toddler specialists