This 18-semester program, which includes a field experience, is designed for teachers holding New York state certification at the early childhood developmental level (B-2nd grade) or New York state special education certification at the childhood developmental level (Grades 1-6). This graduate advanced certificate leads to the New York state professional certification in special education at the early childhood level.
On average, students complete this program in one and one-half academic years.
Admission to the special education advanced certificate program in gifted education is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:
A master’s degree in special education (grades 1-6 or k-12) or New York state classroom teaching certification at the early childhood developmental level (Birth-2nd grade).
A completed application form to the advanced certificate program.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching of young students with disabilities.
A written personal statement of professional intent.
Interview with a faculty member in special education.
The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.