BS-MS in Childhood Special Education


BS-MS in Childhood Special Education


Nyack’s Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Childhood Special Education, a five year program,  prepares students for New York State certification to teach children in grades one to six in general education, special education, or inclusive contexts. Our program has reciprocity with virtually all other states, allowing our graduates to teach outside of New York State with relative ease. Candidates are also certified by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International).

Why Study Childhood Special Education at Nyack?

Nyack’s biblically based program is highly regarded by Christian, public, charter, and private schools for the quality of its graduates with regards to their intellect, pedagogy, and disposition. In addition, our program:

  • Leads to ACSI (Association of Christian School International) certification
  • Leads to New York State certification
  • Offers a Christian-centric study of  childhood and special education (grades 1–6)
  • Strongly emphasizes diverse and inclusive clinical experiences
  • Offers overseas student teaching opportunities
  • Offers Global Service-Learning opportunities
  • Is taught by highly qualified and experienced Christian faculty
What Will I Study?
  • What it means to be a Christian teacher in grades one to grade six in childhood and special education contexts
  • Inclusive and diverse clinical experiences
  • Cognitive, moral, and social child development from a Christian perspective
  • The historical, social, and philosophical foundations of education
  • Research-based pedagogical instructional strategies and assessments across disciplines
  • Accommodations for diverse populations
Career Opportunities
  • General education teacher
  • Special education teacher in inclusive settings
  • SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher)
  • SETTS (Special Education Teacher Support Services)
  • ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching)
  • Homebound Instruction
  • Early intervention programs
  • After-school program teacher/coordinator
  • Curriculum and program development
  • International and domestic ministries
  • Mentoring or coaching
  • Research
  • Sales representatives for educational materials
  • Teaching/training in childhood/Special Education contexts (grades 1–6)
  • Working with youth in agency-based contexts
  • Writing
Our Graduates

Graduates of our program have gone on to do the following:

  • Special Education Teacher – Charter School
  • General Education Teacher – Charter School
  • Special Education Teacher – Public School
  • General Education Teacher – Public School
  • ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) – Public School
  • Early Intervention Specialist – Agency
Key Faculty
  • Dr. Christine Buel
  • Dr. JoAnn Looney
  • Dr. Bennett Schepens



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Credits:  167–170
Standard Completion Time:  5  years
Accreditation:  NCATE, CEC, ACEI
Concentrations:  Communication and the Arts, English, English with TESOL emphasis, Health and Science, Math/Science/Technology, Social Studies


“God has profoundly blessed me in this season of my life, and I am proud to say I will be using my education from Nyack to serve the needs of special education students. I know that my experiences at Nyack will help me shine God’s light on those around me and all who enter my classroom.” Darla Her, Class of 2016.