Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families: Additional NYS Certification (Advanced Certificate) – Course Sequence and Program Tracker

  • Academic Plan: ECDL-AC (for students starting Summer 2022 or later)
  • Academic Plan: ECSEB2-AC (for students starting prior to Summer 2022)

The Course Sequence and Program Tracker is the required sequence of courses, exams, and workshops. Students must use the Course Sequence and Program Tracker in conjunction with the Course Catalog to find course descriptions, progress standards, and exit requirements. Students must consult with the faculty advisors before registering for classes.

Semester 1 – Fall


  • SPEDE 76800 – Fostering Development in Young Children with Diverse Abilities: Historical, Political and Inclusive Perspectives (3 credits)
  • SPEDE 76900 – Evaluation, Assessment, and Program Planning for Infants and Young Children with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • SPEDE 77600 – Introductory Field Experiences in Early Childhood Special Education (2 credits)

Semester 2 – Spring


  • SPEDE 77000 – Individualized Planning, Implementation and Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood (Birth through PreK) Environments and Curricula (3 credits)
  • SPEDE 77400 – Adaptations for Individual Learners Across the K-2 Curriculum (3 credits)

Apply for

SPEDE 77951

Students must apply by March 1st. Watch for an email from the Office of Clinical Experiences.


Students must apply for graduation the semester before their planned graduation. Refer to the Graduation and Commencement page for full policies and procedures.

Semester 3 – Summer


  • SPEDE 77200 – Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and its Application to Young Children with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • SPEDE 77951 – Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)


  • Content Specialty Test (CST) – Students with Disabilities
    • This exam is a Certification requirement.

Apply for


Students must apply for certification in their final semester. Refer to Certification page for requirements and step by step instructions.


  • SPEDE 773 is a yearlong course. Students take 1.5 credits each semester.