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WHICH PROGRAM WOULD WORK FOR ME?

Are you an individual without teaching certification, who seeks to teach elementary students in general education, special education, or literacy settings?

For “career changers” without teaching certification, the Department of Reading and the Division of Special Education jointly offer a two-year (67 credit) program, Special Education and Literacy (II). This program is also appropriate for those who hold teaching certification in areas other than Childhood Education. This full time program of coursework and field experiences leads to certification in Childhood (1-6) Education, Teaching Students with Disabilities (special education at the childhood level), and Literacy (birth - grade 6). Individuals in this program may also acquire middle childhood certification (Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Middle Childhood Level and Middle Childhood Generalist) by completing additional course and field work. This program attracts a diverse and highly qualified group of MS students of all ages and backgrounds. It is the only program at the University at Albany that offers initial Childhood Education certification.


Do you hold initial certification in Childhood Education, and have a special interest in students with disabilities?

The Special Education program leads to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood level (1-6) and the Middle Childhood Level (5-9) as well as the Middle School Generalist (5-9). This is a full time program of coursework and field experiences (35-38 credits)


Do you hold initial certification in Childhood Education, and seek to teach elementary students in special education or literacy settings?

The Special Education and Literacy (I) program leads to certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the childhood (1-6) level and also Literacy certification (birth to grade 6). This is a full time program of course and field work offered jointly by the Department of Reading and the Division of Special Education.


Do you hold initial certification in Childhood Education, and seek to increase your ability to teach special education students in general education classrooms?

The Inclusion program allows individuals holding Childhood (1-6) certification to learn about appropriate instruction for students with disabilities, and to attain professional certification in the areas of certification they hold as an initial certificate. This program requires course work but no field work, and is designed for part-time students.


Do you hold initial certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities and Childhood Education, and seek to teach elementary students in general education, special education, and/or literacy settings?

For individuals holding initial certification in Childhood Education (1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (at the childhood level [1-6]), we offer the Inclusion/Special Education program. This program allows individuals to attain professional certifications in the areas of certification they hold as initial certificates. This program requires course work but no field work, and is designed for part-time students.

Individuals who hold initial certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood level may also choose to complete the Special Education and Literacy (I) program described above, in order to obtain the additional Literacy certification. This is a full-time program of coursework and field experiences offered jointly by the Department of Reading and the Division of Special Education.

Please note: Website under revision. Please refer to the graduate bulletin for the most accurate information.

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