Program Details

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 and linguistically 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
Lee, Yoon-joo Program Head 718 951 5000 X 3879 2205 James Hall yjlee @ brooklyn.cuny.edu By appointment

 

Admission Requirements

The program is no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2016 for the following reason: The program has closed applications for Fall 2016. Please apply for Fall 2017.

Department Childhood, Bilingual And Special Education
Fall Application Deadline April 15th - Extended to May 15
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, 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. GRE required. Entering graduate students in Fall 2016 are EXEMPT from the GRE requirement if they enroll in Summer I courses.
Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations GRE General Test

 

These requirements will become effective as of Fall 2016 semester.
Click here to view the current requirements

Please note that options F and G are pending New York State Education Department approval.

Applicants are admitted to this program only in the fall semester. Applications for the fall semester must be received by March 1.

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must complete the on-line Graduate Admission Application with listed Supporting Documents [see above]. All applicants attend group interviews.

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 traditional and bilingual options; there are also two alternative options of 39 and 44 credits for the degree. The courses of study and credit options are determined by previous course work, teaching experience, and the certificates that the applicants have.

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 candidates who have an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas and an Initial Certificate in Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Candidates 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.

Candidates are required to complete a 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 candidates who have an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas, but who do not have certification in teaching students with disabilities in grades 1-6.

Candidates 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.

Candidates 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, candidates 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 candidates 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.

Candidates 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.

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


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Option D: 30 credits
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This option is for candidates 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 7503X. Candidates will also be required to register for four terms of SEED 6002T, the course which provides for onsite supervision, as required for NYS Transitional B Certificate holders.

Option D is consigned to candidates sponsored by entities such as the New York City Teaching Fellows program. In addition, candidates must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T. Candidates 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 candidates 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. Candidates 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, candidates must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.


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Option F (Childhood-Bilingual): 45 credits
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This option is for candidates who hold an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas and an Initial Certificate in Teaching Students with Disabilities.
Candidates complete 15 credits in the following courses: CBSE 7676T, 7677T, 7679T, 7681T, and 7657T; and 6 credits in elective courses in teaching students with disabilities. The course of study includes a 15-credit bilingual extension consisting of courses in bilingualism, research, methodology, and multicultural education and additional credits of student teaching in the classroom: CBSE 7350T, 7351T, 7353T, 7355T and PRLS 7145X. The 9 credits consist of CBSE 7405T, or 7440T or 7693T, 7203T or 7205T 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 must complete at least 50 hours of supervised field experience and at least 20 days of student teaching (teaching students with disabilities-bilingual). In addition, students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.

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Option G (Childhood-Bilingual): 45 credits
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This option is for candidates who have an Initial Certificate in one of the New York State approved teacher certification areas, but who do not have certification in teaching students with disabilities in grades 1-6.
Students must complete 30 credits in the following sequenced courses: CBSE 7674T, 7672T, 7677T and 7679T, 7675T, 7657T and 7678T, 7664T and 7676T, and 7681T. The course of study includes a 15-credit bilingual extension consisting of courses in bilingualism, research, methodology, and multicultural education and additional credits of student teaching in the classroom: CBSE 7350T, 7351T, 7353T, 7355T and PRLS 7145X.
Students must complete at least 50 hours of supervised field experience and at least 20 days of student teaching (teaching students with disabilities-bilingual). In addition, students must complete a research project under advisement of a faculty member in CBSE 7657T.

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