The Program in Special Education
offers two Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) tracks and three Advanced Certificate tracks that prepare candidates for initial or professional certification in Special Education. Courses within the program may be completed on-campus or in hybrid or full-online formats.
The two M.S.Ed programs in special education require 31-43 credit hours (depending on your previous coursework and certifications) and lead to a Master of Science in Education degree. The inclusion model of delivering special education services in an urban environment is emphasized, but candidates will be prepared to work in self-contained environments as well.
The three Advanced Certificate tracks are for currently certified teachers. For the Gr. 1-6 (16-19 credits) and for the Gr. 7-12 (13-16 credits) Advanced Certificate tracks, candidates may elect to complete all or portions of their coursework on campus or in a full-online format (Note. The full-online coursework cycle for these two tracks begins every June). The third Advanced Certificate track, Teacher of Young Children with Special Needs (12-18 credits), is offered in collaboration with our Early Childhood Education Program (Note. This track is not offered as a full-online track.). This 12-18 credit program is for individuals who are certified in either early childhood education (Birth-Grade 2), childhood education (Grades 1-6), or bilingual childhood education (Grades 1-6). Listed on the Early Childhood Education Program page, there is also an Advanced Certificate for special education teachers that wish to pursue early childhood education certification (Birth-Grade 2).
Our candidates develop a knowledge base and set of skills that prepare them to incorporate research-based instructional strategies focused on addressing the diverse learning needs of the students they teach/will teach. Candidates leave prepared to work in New York City schools and help their students meet current New York State learning standards.