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Special Education


Admissions Procedure for Matriculated Status

To apply for admission to a graduate program for Teachers of Students with Disabilities, students should submit a completed admissions application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The deadlines for applying are March 15 for admission in the Fall semester, and October 15 for admission in the Spring semester.
The following items are required as part of the admissions process:
  • Submission of completed admissions application and application fee.
  • Evidence of an earned bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submission of official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least 2 professional recommendations)
  • An official score report for the Graduate Record Exam is required (currently, no cut-off score applies).
  • After the admissions deadline, applicants will be contacted to participate in an in-person interview and an on-site admissions essay.
  • Entering candidates must submit proof of immunization with the Office of Wellness in the Science Building, Marshak, Room 15. (See Bulletin for more information.)

Non-Matriculant Admissions

An applicant who fails to meet the application deadline may take up to 9 credits as a non-matriculated candidate. If an applicant is accepted as matriculated candidate, the program head will decide whether any of the credits taken as a non-matriculated student may be applied toward program requirements. Applicants must file for admissions as a non-matriculated student at the Office of Graduate Admissions in North Academic Center, Room 3/223A and

present student copies of transcripts or other credentials proving graduation from an accredited institution at that time. Non-matriculated candidates who wish to pursue a graduate program in special education are strongly advised to take the ALST certification examination during the first semester, if they have not already passed any of the remaining three certification exams (i.e., CST-Students with Disabilities, EAS, and CST-Multisubject for Grades 1-6 or Grades 7-12; see In addition, to successfully passing all four certification exams, candidates must also pass edTPA, preferably during their last semesters in the program (see​).

Admission with Advanced Standing

Up to six credits in advanced standing may be allowed for graduate coursework satisfactorily completed at institutions other than The City College, provided that the program head deems the work appropriate to the student's program of study and an official transcript is on file in the Office of the Registrar. The course or courses for which such credit is sought must have been completed within the three-year period prior to the date of matriculation in the graduate program.