M.S.ED. in Teaching Children with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
The 42-credit M.S.Ed. in Teaching Children with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) is for students without prior certification and leads to the degree of Master of Science and eligibility for initial NYS Certification in Teaching Children with Disabilities, grades 1-6. It prepares students to teach in inclusive or self-contained special education classrooms and resource rooms at the elementary school level. There is also a 34 credit M.S.Ed. in Teaching Children with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) for students who already have certification in another area.
An optional extension is available for students who wish to teach in bilingual classrooms (9 credits).
Students graduating from this program are eligible for teaching certification once they have passed all required portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE). Students may also apply for Internship Certification after completing the first 21 credits. Internship Certification permits students to begin teaching while they complete their degrees.
Students with prior initial certification in another area will, upon completing this program, also be eligible for professional certification in their original certification area.
Course of Study
Tier I: Diversity, Language and Literacies in Urban Education (6 credits)
Issues in Urban Education
Perspectives on Disabilities
Tier II: Observation and Description of Urban Learners (18 credits)
Language and Literacy
Lives of Children
Teaching Literacy K-6
Assessment and Special Education
Classroom Inquiry I
Curriculum Theory and Practice in Special Education: Childhood
Tier III: Inquiry of Urban Classrooms and Teaching Practices (12 credits)
Strategies for Teaching Learners with Diverse Needs: Childhood
Collaboration and Consultation: Family, School and Community
Classroom as Community
Classroom Inquiry II
Tier IV: Advanced Inquiry and Practice (4-6 credits)
Student Teaching: Childhood Special Education
Student Teaching for the Practicing Teacher: Childhood Special Education
*Required only for students seeking 1st initial certification.
**Required only for students seeking 2nd initial certification.