Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families- Severe/Multiple Disabilities for those with NYS Certification in Early Childhood Education
This graduate program will prepare you to work with learners with significant, severe/multiple disabilities in both self-contained special education classrooms and inclusive general education environments through the principles of Universal Design for Learning. You will learn to use strategies to teach communication skills to learners with cerebral palsy (CP), traumatic brain injury (TBI), deafblindness, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and intellectual disabilities using augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC), tangible symbols, and other assistive technology (AT). Graduates from this program go on to work as specialized teachers of learners with severe disabilities, including deafblindness, in NYC’s District 75, as inclusion support providers (SETTS or SEIT), and as collaborative team teachers with general education teachers in both public and private schools, private early intervention agencies, hospitals, and clinics.
Certification: Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) with an annotation extension in Severe/Multiple Disabilities
Eligibility & Admission Requirements
This program is designed for applicants who hold NYS certification in Early Childhood Education (Single Certification)
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
- New York State initial/permanent teacher certification in Early Childhood or PreK-Grade 6. Those holding permanent certification must either show proof that they have satisfied the New York State requirements regarding wellness, child abuse, drug abuse, fire safety, and violence prevention or take HED 71500, a one credit course covering these topics
- Two letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report. Certified teachers who hold a graduate degree are exempt from this requirement
Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.
To start your application, click here.
When applying to this program under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and ECDL Severe/Multiple Disabilities (leads to Early Child and/or Students with Disab B-2).
Fall Start: March 15
Spring Start: October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.
If you hold a master’s degree in Special Education and NYS certification, you may be eligible for the Specialized Additional Teaching Certificate program leading to Severe and Multiple Disabilities Annotation Extension.