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.

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. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.

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 statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor or academic professor

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall semester.

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.

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