Adolescent Special Education Advanced Certificate


Program Overview

This program is designed for teachers with New York State certification in a content area at the adolescent level—such as Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts or Social Studies or Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6, and will prepare you to become a special education generalist in Grades 7-12. This program begins each Summer and can be completed in 3 semesters—Summer, Fall, Spring.

Coursework & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study.

Credits: 17

Certification:  Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12

Eligibility & Admissions Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who hold certification in Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6 or Adolescent Education Grades 7-12

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • New York State initial, professional or permanent certification in:
    • Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6
    • Adolescent Education, Grades 7-12
  • A distribution of at least 24 liberal arts and sciences credits as follows: 6 credits English, 6 credits in History and Social Sciences, 6 credits in Science, 6 credits in Math
  • A statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor or academic professor

To Apply

Applications are accepted November – April for a Summer start.

To start your application, click here

When applying to this program under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education, and Adv. Cert in Adolescent Special Ed (Grades 7-12)-Specialized Addl Cert. For desired start term, select Fall.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: March 15 (Priority Deadline), May 1 (Extended Deadline)

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

If you hold certification in Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2 or Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 and hope to earn professional certification, consider applying for our Professional Certification program in Special Education (Advanced Preparation). 

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Gina Riley

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