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​Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education

The inclusive early childhood special education major, a dual program between the School of Education and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, prepares you for the teaching profession with a core of liberal arts coursework, a concentration in child and family studies, a professional education sequence, and significant field experience in a wide range of school settings.

Graduates leave well-prepared to work with children from diverse cultural backgrounds and are eligible for recommendation for certification in regular early childhood and students with disabilities (special education) from birth through grade 2.

About the School of Education and Falk

School of Education

The School of Education is a national leader in enhancing educational practice. A pioneer in the inclusion movement, the School of Education continues that tradition through its work to improve urban education.


Social justice principles are at the foundation of programs in exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, public health, nutrition, social work, sport analytics and sport management. Academics, service learning projects, internships, research opportunities, immersion travel and clubs connected to our majors prepare students for careers to make a difference in the communities where they will live and work.


Core coursework covers cultural foundations of education, educational leadership, and instructional design. Sample courses include:

  • Family Development
  • Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education
  • Play, Childhood Development and Early Education
  • Perspectives on Disabilities
  • Family Development
  • Communication in the Classroom

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

The program's coursework is supported by real-world learning opportunities.

  • Work with children at the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School, an inclusive early childhood education program located on campus.
  • Learn more about early childhood programs and inclusive education in an international culture through travel to Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.
  • Build skills through practicum experience in a community organization such as Head Start and the Syracuse City School District.
  • Join faculty members as they research such areas as special education, early intervention, and family development.

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries, with nearly half of all students going abroad during their four years.

Inclusive early childhood special education majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, and Madrid, and to our World Partner program at the University of New South Wales.

Summer programs of interest may include Literacy, Inclusion, and Diversity in Italy, South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience, Global Cities and Transnational Identities (Mexico City), and The Industry of Knowledge: Higher Education in a Global Context (Florence).

To make study abroad more affordable, apply for a Himan Brown Fellows scholarship, a scholarship exclusively for School of Education students.  Explore study abroad opportunities for students in the School of Education.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education, you can pursue such careers as:

  • Special education teacher
  • Child life specialist
  • School psychologist
  • Education administrator

Or pursue graduate-level education and earn your master’s in education or public administration. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.