M.S. in Education degree program: teacher of students with disabilities in childhood education (grades 1-6)
HEGIS code 0808
NYS SED program code 26729

The graduate program in special education prepares candidates to work in schools and other educational settings that serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Candidates are provided experiences in varied educational settings that prepare them to work in culturally diverse urban school settings. A range of 30-45 credits is required. The number of credits and their sequence are determined by the candidate's previous teacher preparation.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Angus, Jeanne Program Head 718-951-5995 2205 James Hall jangus @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Childhood, Bilingual And Special Education
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations

 

Applicants are admitted to this program in the spring and fall semesters. Applications for the spring semester must be received by November 1 and applications for the fall semester must be received by March 1.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must obtain and file an application form in the program office in addition to the regular college admissions form. Applicants are interviewed and must submit three appropriate letters of recommendation.

Applicants must present a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in graduate education courses is required to maintain matriculation. International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test before being considered for admission.

Applicants who do not meet these standards may be considered for admission based on other evidence of high capacity for graduate studies.

Applicants must have successfully completed a New York State Initial Certificate in one of the following New York State approved teacher certification areas:
a) early childhood education,
b) childhood education,
c) special certification; or have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration and demonstrated undergraduate preparation in English, science, mathematics, the social sciences and foreign language or qualify for a New York State Transitional B Certificate as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education.

Applicants are required to demonstrate written proficiency in English.

Students should note additional requirements found at the beginning of this section as well as in the sections "Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

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Degree requirements
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Thirty or 33 or 33 to 45 credits are required for the degree; there are now two additional options of 39 and 44 credits. The course of study and credit options are determined by previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates they hold.

During the first term students in all options (30, 33, or 33 to 45 credits) must file a program of study approved by the head of the Program in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.

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Option A: 30 credits
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This option is for students holding an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas and an Initial Certificate in Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Students complete 15 credits in the following courses: CBSE 7676T, 7677T, 7679T, 7680T, and 7657T; and 6 credits in elective courses in teaching students with disabilities. The remaining 9 credits consist of CBSE 7405T, or 7440T or 7693T, 7203T or 7205 and 7300T or 7305T with approval from program heads of the Programs in Childhood Education: Liberal Arts, Childhood Education: Science and Environmental Education, and Childhood Education: Mathematics.

Students are required to complete an independent research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T).


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Option B: 33 credits
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This option is for students holding an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas, without student teaching experience and without certification in students with disabilities in grades 1-6.

Students must complete 33 credits in the following sequenced courses, which should be taken in this order: CBSE 7674T and 7672T; 7676T and 7678T; 7679T and 7664T; 7677T and 7680T; 7675T and 7657T; and CBSE 7681T, Seminar and Student Teaching: Students with Special Needs.

Students must complete at least 50 hours of supervised field experience and at least 20 days of student teaching (teaching students with disabilities in childhood). In addition, students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.


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Option C: 33-45 credits
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This option is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration and demonstrated undergraduate preparation in English, science, mathematics, the social sciences, and foreign language, and do not possess Initial Certification in any teacher certification area.

Students must complete 33 to 45 credits in the following courses: CBSE 7205T, 7679T, 7440T, 7213T, 7214T, 7674T, 7672T, 7676T, 7678T, 7664T, 7677T, 7680T, 7675T, 7657T, and CBSE 7681T Seminar and Student Teaching: Students with Special Needs.

Students must complete at least 100 hours of supervised field experience and at least 40 days of student teaching. In addition students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.


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Option D: 39 credits
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This option is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration and demonstrated undergraduate preparation in English, science, mathematics, the social sciences, and foreign language who are teaching or have secured a position teaching students with special needs and qualify for New York State Alternative Certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education or holding such certification. Students should take the following courses: CBSE 7653T, 7657T, 7659T, 7664T, 7674T, 7676T, 7677T, 7678T, 7679T, and SEED 7503. Students will also be required to register for four terms of SEED 6002, the course which provides for onsite supervision, as required for NYS Transitional B Certificate holders.

This option is consigned to students sponsored by entities such as the New York City Teaching Fellows program. In addition, students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T. Students may qualify for additional certification in Childhood 1-6 with additional courses in Childhood teaching methods. See advisor for information.


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Option E: 44 credits
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This option is for students who have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration and demonstrated undergraduate preparation in English, science, mathematics, the social sciences, and foreign language who are teaching or have secured a position teaching students with special needs and qualify for New York State Alternative Certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities in Childhood Education or holding such certification. Students should take the following courses in the recommended order: CBSE 7653T, 7674T, 7679T, 7440T, 7672T, 7205T, 7213T, 7676T, 7677T, 7678T, 7680T, 7657T, 7664T and 7695T, 7696T, 7697T, and 7698T Inclusive Teaching Practicum.

In addition, students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.