Advanced Graduate Certificates in Special Education

There is currently a shortage of teachers certified to teach special education at the secondary level nationally and in New York State. The two online Advanced Graduate Certificates (AGC) offered by the Division of Special Education will help applicants meet this critical need.

 

Adolescent Special Education for Childhood Special Educators

Our AGC in Adolescent Special Education for Childhood Special Educators provides a route for already certified teachers with master’s degrees in special education at the childhood level to increase their employment opportunities by adding an additional 15-credit advanced certificate that will lead to certification for teaching students with disabilities at the adolescent level (7-12).

This program prepares certified childhood special educators with knowledge regarding best practices in special education so they can also serve those learners with special needs at the adolescent level. Students will become familiar with research-validated components of effective assessment, instruction, and behavior management at the adolescent level. The program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities Generalist (grades 7-12).

The certificate program has multiple objectives, but the primary educational and career student learning objectives are that at the end of the program, the students will know:

  • the historical and legal foundation of special education
  • the characteristics of students with disabilities, including students with autism
  • how to create educational environments that accommodate individual differences, including students with autism
  • appropriate curriculum and research-validated instructional practices, including use of assistive and instructional technology as appropriate and supporting students with disabilities in general education settings
  • appropriate behavior management strategies, focusing on positive behavioral interventions
  • collaborative strategies for working with others involved with students with disabilities
  • assessment approaches and evaluation strategies
  • how to apply their knowledge to the education of adolescent students with disabilities during their practicum and internship placements
  • the process of growth and development in adolescence and how to provide learning experiences and conduct assessments that reflect this knowledge

Admissions Requirements:

  1. NY state certification (initial or professional) for Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood level (Grades 1-6)
  2. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by the Board of Regents to confer degrees
  3. Appropriate required course distributions:
    General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences: 30 semester hours (including coursework in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, humanities, Language other than English, written expression)
    Content Core: 30 semester hours in Liberal Arts and Sciences including 6 semester hours in each of the following areas: English Language Arts; Concepts in Historical and Social Sciences; Scientific Processes; Mathematical processes
    Pedagogical Core: 21 semester hours including Human Development and Learning; Teaching Students with Disabilities; Foundations of Education; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; 6 semester hours in Teaching Literacy
  4. A 3.0 or better (out of a 4.0) quality grade point average
  5. GRE or Praxis scores. Note, successful completion of the edTPA, or passing score on the LAST AND professional or permanent NYS teaching certification may be accepted in lieu of these exams
  6. Completion of DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) training
  7. Completion of Autism requirement
  8. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s teaching or academic work
  9. A compelling written statement of intent or reason for pursuing the advanced certificate in special education

Program Requirements:

This certificate program contains five courses. Four of these courses are offered online. The fifth course, ESPE 580, is a 50-hour, 20-day practicum in a local school.

EPSY 522  Adolescent Development

ESPE 580  Practicum: Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs

ESPE 562 Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in
Inclusive Settings OR ESPE 653 Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient and Effective Instruction

ESPE 655  Assessment of Students with Disabilities

ESPE 658  Curriculum and Instruction for Adolescents with Disabilities: Collaboration and
Co-Teaching       

The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis and can be completed within an academic year. Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Program completers will be recommended for the Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist Certification.

 

Adolescent Special Education for Content Teachers

Our AGC in Adolescent Special Education for Content Teachers provides a route for already certified secondary content teachers with master’s degrees to increase their employment opportunities by adding an additional 15-credit advanced certificate that will lead to certification for teaching students with disabilities at the adolescent level (7-12).

This program prepares certified grade 7-12 content area teachers to become knowledgeable regarding best practices in special education so they can serve those learners with the greatest needs. Students will become familiar with research-validated components of effective assessment, instruction, and behavior management. The program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional certification for Students with Disabilities Generalist (grades 7-12).

The certificate program has multiple objectives, but the primary educational and career student learning objectives are that at the end of the program, the students will know:

  • the historical and legal foundation of special education
  • the characteristics of students with disabilities, including students with autism
  • how to create educational environments that accommodate individual differences, including students with autism
  • appropriate curriculum and research-validated instructional practices, including use of assistive and instructional technology as appropriate
  • appropriate behavior management strategies, focusing on positive behavioral interventions
  • collaborative strategies for working with others involved with students with disabilities
  • assessment approaches and evaluation strategies
  • how to apply their knowledge to the education of adolescent students with disabilities during their practicum and internship placements

Admissions Requirements:

  1. NY state certification (initial or professional) as a classroom teacher (7-12) in one of the following areas: mathematics, social studies, English, biology, physics, earth science or chemistry, or a language other than English
  2. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or from an institution authorized by the Board of Regents to confer degrees
  3. Appropriate required course distributions:
    General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences: 30 semester hours (including coursework in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, humanities, Language other than English, written expression)
    Content Core: 30 semester hours in Liberal Arts and Sciences including 6 semester hours in each of the following areas: English Language Arts; Concepts in Historical and social Sciences; Scientific Processes; Mathematical processes
    Pedagogical Core: 21 semester hours including Human Development and Learning; Teaching Students with Disabilities; Foundations of Education; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; 6 semester hours in Teaching Literacy and 6 semester hours of coursework at Adolescent Level – Grades 7-12
  4. A 3.0 or better (out of a 4.0) quality grade point average
  5. GRE or Praxis scores. Note, successful completion of the edTPA, or passing score on the LAST AND professional or permanent NYS teaching certification may be accepted in lieu of these exams
  6. Completion of DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) training
  7. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s teaching or academic work
  8. A compelling written statement of intent or reason for pursuing the advanced certificate in special education

Program Requirements:

This certificate program contains five courses. Four of these courses are offered online. The fifth course, ESPE 580, is a 50-hour, 20-day practicum in a local school.

ESPE 562  Characteristics of and Methods for Teaching Exceptional Secondary Students in
Inclusive Settings

ESPE 580  Practicum: Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs

ESPE 653  Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient and
Effective Instruction       

ESPE 655  Assessment of Students with Disabilities

ESPE 658  Curriculum and Instruction for Adolescents with Disabilities: Collaboration and 
Co-Teaching

The program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis and can be completed within an academic year. Students can begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Program completers will be recommended for the Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist Certification.