Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families – Severe/Multiple Disabilities
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: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) with an annotation certificate in Severe/Multiple Disabilities
Eligibility and Admission Requirements
This program is designed for applicants who do not hold NYS certification (Dual 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
- A liberal arts or science major or interdisciplinary concentration of at least 30 credits
- General education core in the liberal arts and sciences including coursework in artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, concepts in history and social sciences, humanities, a world language other than English, scientific and mathematical processes, and written analysis and expression
- Two letters of recommendation
- A statement of purpose
- An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report (Waived for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 applicants)
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 (leads to Early Child and/or Students with Disabl. B-2 Cert Sev. Mult Ext.)
- Fall Start: March 15 (Priority Deadline), May 1 (Extended Deadline)
- 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.