Professional Certification (Advanced Preparation) in Special Education – Early Childhood Special Education (MSEd)
The Professional Certification (Advanced Preparation) in Special Education – Early Childhood Special Education (MSEd) program prepares candidates for professional roles in classrooms, homes, and communities across the birth through grade 2 age range. Clinical experiences are a critical component of the program and designed to provide reflective experiences in order to develop competencies in working with young children of diverse ages, abilities, cultures, and languages and their families. These experiences are purposely sequenced so candidates learn new competencies that build upon those acquired in earlier experiences.
Students participate in clinical experiences which include:
- developmental field experiences (fieldwork)
- supervised teaching (student teaching/practicum)
- Clinical experiences take place across the birth through grade 2 age range.
Supervised Teaching (student teaching/practicum) is administered by the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE). Students must apply for supervised teaching (student teaching/practicum) to gain registration permission and placement. For registration and placement processes and procedures see below. Students must obtain fingerprint clearance.
Clinical Experiences Requirements
For a full list of clinical experience requirements consult the course catalog in conjunction with the course sequence and program trackers. The course catalog provides descriptions detailing fieldwork requirements per course, important progress standards, and exit requirements based on matriculation date.
Review the course descriptions, progress standards, and exit requirements in the Course Catalog for Program 1.
Course Sequence and Program Tracker
Course Sequence for Students with Prior Early Childhood Special Education Certification
Course Sequence for Students with Initial Special Education Certification Other Than Early Childhood Special Education
Clinical Experiences Requirements During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
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Security Clearance Requirements
Fingerprinting is required for certification and select clinical experiences (fieldwork and student teaching/practicum). Visit Fingerprinting for Hunter College School of Education Students for complete requirements, processes and procedures.
Developmental Field Experiences (Fieldwork)
Developmental Field Experiences (Fieldwork) are applied experiences in classrooms, homes, or community settings in conjunction with a course. Select courses have fieldwork requirements. Developmental Field Experiences (Fieldwork) are not administered by the Office of Clinical Experiences. For support, please contact the course instructor. Registration, placement, and application processes for fieldwork requirements vary by course.
To receive permission to register for the first semester of SPEDE 773, students must complete the following application:
Letter of Introduction
Some programs may require a letter of introduction from Hunter College for students who need to complete fieldwork hours. Students can download this document via the link below. Please note, for reasons of confidentiality, you will need to be logged in with your huntersoe.org credentials.
Supervised Teaching: Student Teaching/Practicum
Students participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires three full days per week for one semester if completed during the academic year or five full days per week if completed during the summer. Students are observed by Hunter College Clinical Supervisors throughout the semester. Students may complete practicum in their current job if it is aligned with their pending certification/area of study and meets specific Early Childhood Development and Learning (ECDL) practicum requirements.
Registration, Placement and Application Processes and Procedures
All students must apply for student teaching/practicum through the Office of Clinical Experiences for registration permission and, for student teaching, to be placed.
Student Teaching Placement
Student Teachers are placed by the Office of Clinical Experience with a mentor/cooperating teacher at a Hunter College Partner program in New York City. Students teach alongside the mentor/cooperating teacher throughout the semester.
Students working full time as assistant, associate or head teacher may be eligible to complete Practicum in their current job if it is aligned with their pending certification/area of study.
The following are required for Practicum eligibility:
- Student must be responsible for teaching at least three children with IFSPs/IEPs in the birth to grade 2 age range
- Programs must be located in New York City
- Site must be pre-approved by faculty and/or Office of Clinical Experiences
- Student must submit a completed Practicum Site Approval Form from worksite/school program director
Practicum Site Approval Form
All students must apply for student teaching and/or practicum through the Office of Clinical Experiences.
- Fall Semester: April 1st
- Spring Semester: November 1st
- Summer Semester: March 1st
Registration and Placement Process
- The Office of Clinical Experiences reviews student teaching/practicum applications for eligibility.
- The Office of Clinical Experiences grants registration permission.
- One week before each semester registration opens, the Office of Clinical Experiences will inform students of next steps through their myhunter.cuny.edu email.
- If students require placement, the Office of Clinical Experiences will place them at a Hunter College School of Education partner site in New York City and notify their myhunter.cuny.edu email
Current students who are eligible for practicum and secure a teaching position that requires New York State certification may apply for an internship certificate. Students must apply for practicum first and will only receive instructions thereafter.
Visit the Internship Certificate page for eligibility requirements and application processes and procedures.
Supervised Teaching Time Record Form
The Office of Clinical Experiences administers and provides support for students regarding supervised teaching (student teaching/practicum). The Office is led by Marshall George, Olshan Professor of Clinical Practice, and the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences Ileana Infante.
Each program has a Clinical Placement Specialist to work with students regarding fieldwork and supervised teaching.
Clinical Placement Specialist
- Elizabeth Harrison, Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE)
Contact for questions concerning the following:
- Supervised teaching placement
- Student Teaching/Practicum application and placement
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