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2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Early Childhood Special Education (B-2nd Grade), Adv. Cert.

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Professor McDonald, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-7149

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 students with disabilities, birth-grade 2. The program provides flexible course delivery methods to meet the diverse needs of students. Students can complete degree requirements on-site or online, or a combination of on-site and online courses. A distance learning (DL) course is equivalent to its on-site version.

On average, students complete this program in one and one-half academic years.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to this advanced certificate program in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education  are made to the Graduate Admission Office. Admissions decisions are based is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria.  The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Students may consider applying even if they fail to meet one of the GPA or testing criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate. All individual cases will be reviewed by an Admissions Counselor before being referred to the graduate program for further review.

  1. A master’s degree.
  2. New York state classroom teaching certification at the early childhood developmental level (birth-grade 2), childhood (grades 1-6), or in students with disabilities (grades 1-6).
  3. A completed application form to the advanced certificate program.
  4. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work, or its equivalent (e.g., a 3.0 in a completed graduate program). We encourage you to submit all transcripts from your undergraduate work and any graduate work for consideration.
  5. Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching of young students with disabilities.
  6. A written personal statement of professional intent.
  7. Interview with a faculty member in special education.


Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon successful completion of degree requirements, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. Contact the Office of Educational Support Services, 233 Hagedorn Hall, for information regarding any required Educational Law seminars* and other certification requirements. Forms for applying for certification can be found at the Office of Educational Support Services Web page under the certification tab.

*Please note, as of December 31, 2013, the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education now require a new six-hour seminar for Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention, required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/news/newsitem05162013.html.

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