Special Education Master’s Programs

With a special education degree from Bank Street, you’ll be prepared to meet the needs of students with a wide range of developmental variations, including those from diverse racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds. 

At Bank Street, we’re for educators who believe that education is the practice of the possible; who want their work to advance the common good; who see teaching and learning as expressions of justice. Whether you’re a current or aspiring special educator, you’ll learn how to tailor instruction techniques to meet the needs of each student in specialized settings and provide them with the resources to make progress in both school and life.

As a student here, you’ll learn how to design accessible curricula and differentiated learning experiences for children while partnering with families and other school professionals to help them realize their full potential. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to thrive as a model teacher or similar professional in general, inclusion, and/or special education settings. 

Bank Street believes that a great education is guided by great teachers—teachers who have a deep understanding of child development, draw on proven practices, and adapt to each student’s strengths—and that is what you’ll become here. Join our community today.

What Program Is Right for You?

Bank Street offers a variety of special education programs, including cross-disciplinary options and specialized programs tailored to certain age groups and language variations, and to match your professional goals. 


Adolescent special education programs at Bank StreetRefine your teaching skills to include a strong focus on social justice and advocacy for adolescents in inclusive and self-contained special education settings. 

An early childhood lesson at Bank StreetInfant and Family Development and Early Intervention

Support infants and toddlers through developmentally appropriate strategies while working with families in schools, child care centers, early intervention settings, and more.  

Dual language educators in Bank Street's master's degree programs help emergent language learnersDual Language/Bilingual

Respond to the intellectual, linguistic, and emotional needs of emergent bilingual students with developmental variations. Programs offered in Spanish or Mandarin. 

Bank Street's master's degree programs allow students to individualize their program of studyCreate Your Own Program

Design an individualized course of study in special education that is tailored to your own interests and career goals. 

Why Bank Street?

All Children Benefit

Bank Street believes that teaching is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Our graduates understand and value every child and are able to individualize instruction to meet learners at their own unique pace. 

Prepared for the Long Run

Bank Street is proud that 87% of its graduates remain in the field of education and 87% feel more confident in their specialty than comparison professionals.

A National Reputation

Our graduates are highly regarded by schools, educational organizations, and other places of learning across the country. A degree from Bank Street is a transformative investment in your values and ambitions, helping you stand out as a forward-thinking educator and leader who is confident, well-prepared, and ready to thrive. 

Rachael Beseda
Meet our alumni
I do my best work when I focus on the strengths of students, staff, and parents. I won’t lie, my first few years of teaching were hard, but Bank Street prepared me to take on the challenge. In the dual general and special education program, classes are small and the approach is progressive. It fit who I am perfectly.
Rachael Beseda - Childhood Special and General Education '12
Meet Rachael Meet Our Alumni