Program Descriptions

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. Courses within the program may be completed on-campus or in hybrid or full-online format.

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

Candidates may choose their desired grade levels to pursue their M.S.Ed. coursework; Grades 1-6 track or the Grades 7-12. Candidates may elect to attend courses on campus, or complete some courses in hybrid or full-online formats. The M.S.Ed. tracks are:

  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) (32 - 34 credits)
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) (32 - 34 credits)

Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Completion of the graduate program in special education for Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) satisfies program requirements and results in an institutional recommendation by City College (CCNY) to the New York State Department of Education for initial/professional certification. In addition, the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree fulfills education requirements for the Professional Certificate (or Permanent Certificate) in either special education or elementary education, if the candidate already holds the Initial or Provisional Certificate* in New York State (31-credit program).

Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12)

Completion of the graduate program in special education for Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Adolescent Education (Grades 7-12) satisfies program requirements and results in an institutional recommendation by CCNY to the New York State Department of Education for initial/professional certification. In addition, the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree fulfills education requirements for the Professional Certificate (or Permanent Certificate) in either special education or adolescent education, if the candidate already holds the Initial or Provisional Certificate in New York State (31-credit program).

Advanced Certificate (Early Childhood, Grades 1-6, Grades 7-12)

The Advanced Certificate (12 to 19 credits) is for teachers who already possess initial, provisional, permanent, or professional certification as a classroom teacher at the early childhood, elementary or secondary school levels. Candidates may elect to complete all or portions of their coursework on campus or in a full-online format. The Advanced Certificate tracks are:

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities, Birth - Grade 2 (12 to 18 credits)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 (16 to 19 credits) * available in-person and fully online
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 (13 to 16 credits)  * available in-person and fully online

For details on the Birth - Grade 2 program visit our Early Childhood Education Program site. The Early Childhood Education Program also offers an Advanced Certificate for Special Education Teachers seeking Early Childhood Education certification (12 to 18 credits)

Current Students - Program Planning

Undergraduate students can pick up program planning sheets from the Office of Admissions and Student Services located in the North Academic Center, Room 3/227.

Graduate students can pick up program planning sheets from the

  • Chair's Office, North Academic Center, Room 6/207B
  • Office of Admissions and Student Services, North Academic Center, Room 3/223A
  • Program Office, North Academic Center, Room 6/207B.

 If you have problems accessing the program planning sheet please go to the Associate Dean's Office, North Academic Center, Room 3/213.

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