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 to 6, and will prepare you to become a special education generalist in Grades 7 to 12. This program begins each Summer and can be completed in 3 semesters—Summer, Fall, Spring.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

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.




Students with Disabilities Grades 7 to 12

Eligibility and Admissions Requirements

This program is designed for applicants who hold prior certification in specific certification areas.

  • 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 Education, Grades 1 – 6
    • Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6
    • Middle Childhood Education, Grades 5 – 9
    • Adolescent Education, Grades 7-12
    • Creative Arts Education PreK-12
    • Computer Science
    • TESOL
  • 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, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

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)
  • June 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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