Master's in Childhood and Special Education Grades 1-6 Manhattanville College

48 Credit Master’s in Childhood Education and Special Education Grades 1-6 - for Career changers

38 Credit Master’s in Special Education Grades 1-6 - for Certified Teachers

Why Manhattanville?

  • Affordable, high quality programs with the right balance between theory and application
  • Convenient locations in Rockland (*One on-campus course required on Manhattanville campus in Purchase, NY)
  • Access to highly qualified instructors that are eager to share their expertise and knowledge
  • Access to online campus library
  • Advisement to assist with your program and certification issues
  • Recommendation from Manhattanville for certification in your program area
  • Increase your earning potential and become a specialist in your field
  • Opportunities for networking, career advancement, and career counseling
  • Resources for writing resumes, cover letters, interview preparation workshops , and more


Matriculation Requirements:

  • Prospective students must hold a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited institution to matriculate into a graduate program.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher (all others subject to review). Contact Dr. Krute at for more info.
  • GRE test required for all applicants applying after July 1, 2016.

Program certification requirements:  Each program is different, but there are a few basic pre-requisites. Manhattanville requires all students to successfully complete a course in child or adolescent development.  This can be satisfied, if necessary, with an undergraduate course or a CLEP test. NY State requires student to have successfully completed 6 credits in a language other than English (can include sign language), and to have completed coursework in math, science, literature, social studies, visual or performing arts, communication, written analysis and expression, and an 18 credit concentration in one liberal art. The NY State requirements do vary from program to program.

Depending on your certification status and the program taken, you may need the following certification tests:

  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio) and Educating All Students Test (edTPA)
  • Content Specialty Tests (CST) for Multi-Subject
  • Content Specialty Tests (CST) for Students with Disabilities
  • Workshops for School Violence Prevention/Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Bullying and Harassment Seminar/DASA-Dignity for all Students Act

Program Schedule: Program length depends on program taken. Programs range from 38 to 48 credits. A full Master’s program typically takes 2 years. Courses may be a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Courses are usually held on various weeknights starting at 4:30pm. A minimum of one on-campus course is required. This may be a weekend course. Cost of all courses will be at price listed above. All programs require varied amounts of observation hours. You will be assigned a faculty advisor once you matriculate into the program. It is advisable to touch base with an advisor every semester to ensure that you are taking the correct coursework as well as staying up-to-date with all your other requirements. Once you successfully complete your Master’s degree and have fulfilled all NYS certification requirements, Manhattanville will recommend you for Initial Certification.


Current cost as of  Spring 2017 $1495* per 3 credit course. *Subject to change without notice. This fee includes the Teacher Center fees. There may be additional minor campus fees, including a $60 registration fee per semester, paid directly to the college.

Application Process: 

  • Application Information
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75. Check or money order made out to Manhattanville College.
  • Submit a 2-3 page typewritten essay stating your reasons for choosing teaching as a profession and describing your philosophy of education.
  • Two confidential Professional Letter of Recommendation info. They should be given to people who can comment upon your qualifications for professional study and teaching. Along with the form it is a good idea to provide your respondents with a stamped envelope addressed to us.
  • You must also request official copies of all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts to be sent directly to the School of Education, Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Provide proof of certification (if applicable).
  • Submit a Graduate Student Health Form with proof of immunization against measles and rubella in compliance with New York State regulations. This request applies to all students born on or after January 1, 1957. NO Registrations will be permitted without ALL Immunization forms cleared. Click here for info.
  • Forms that are not interactive have been formatted so that you can print them, complete them, and return them to us by mail or fax. The address to which all these materials should be sent is:
  • Manhattanville College
    School of Education
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    2900 Purchase Street
    Purchase NY 10577
    Fax: (914) 694-1732 
    Phone: (914) 323-5142

Application Deadlines: The Graduate SOE has rolling admissions. You can begin your studies at the beginning of any of our semesters. Students are allowed to take up to 6 credits as non-matriculated students as they officially apply. Please note that taking classes on a non-matriculated basis does not insure acceptance into our program.

Manhattanville College - School of Education Graduate Admissions Staff:

  • Appointment with College Advisor-Made through Joleen 845.499-0851