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MA, Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6, Initial Certification

46 credits, 4 semesters full-time

This program is open to participants who have a bachelor’s degree but who are not yet certified to teach. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be eligible for New York State certification in both general and special education at the childhood level (grades 1–6).

This program takes 2 years (4 semesters) to complete for full-time students. The time to degree completion for part-time students is determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with an advisor. See the following for the full sequence of courses for full-time study.

Satisfactory completion of many Department of Teaching and Learning degrees includes field experiences.

Fall I (13 Credits)

  • TCHL-GE 2010 (3 credits): Inquiries in Teaching and Learning
  • SPCED-GE 2051 (3 credits): Foundations of Curriculum for Diverse Learners
  • SPCED-GE 2124 (3 credits): Historical and Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • SCIED-GE 2009 (2 credits): Sciences Experiences in the Elementary School I (can be taken in either Fall I or Fall II; must be taken with SCIED-GE 2010)
  • SCIED-GE 2010 (2 credits): Sciences Experiences in the Elementary School II (can be taken in either Fall I or Fall II; must be taken with SCIED-GE 2009)
  • TCHL-GE 2999 (0 credits): Drug and Alcohol Education, Child Abuse Identification, School Violence Prevention/DASA (can be taken in other semesters)

Spring I (12 Credits)

  • LITC-GE 2001 (3 credits): Foundations of Literacy Development
  • MTHED-GE 2115 (3 credits): Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
  • CHDED-GE 2901 (1–3 credits; 3 credits recommended unless you want to take an elective): Student Teaching in Childhood I
  • CHDED-GE 2055 (3 credits): Integrating Arts in the Early Childhood and Childhood
  • TCHL-GE 2005 (0 credits): Field Work in Schools and Other Educational Settings

Fall II (12 Credits)

  • SPCED-GE 2161 (3 credits): Education of Children with Special Needs in Childhood Settings
  • SPCED-GE 2052 (3 credits): Methods of Instruction for Children with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • LITC-GE 2002 (3 credits): Language and Literacy in Upper Grades
  • SPCED-GE 2901 (3 credits): Student Teaching Special Education I

Spring II (9 Credits)

  • SPCED-GE 2108 (3 credits): Learning Environments, Behavior, and Students with Disabilities
  • SPCED-GE 2133 (3 credits): Assessment and Instructional Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • SPCED-GE 2901 (2–3 credits; 3 credits recommended unless you want to take an elective): Student Teaching Special Education: Childhood II