Childhood Special Education – Behavior Disorders (Advanced Certificate)


Program Overview

This all-online post-master’s, advanced certificate program is designed for teachers who hold New York State teacher certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1 to 6 and are seeking an additional certification in Students with Disabilities, Grades 1 to 6 with a focus on students with Behavior Disorders. Teachers who hold certification in Students with Disabilities Birth – Grade 2 or Grades 7 to 12 are also strong candidates for this program.

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




Students with Disabilities Grades 1 to 6

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • New York State teacher certification in one of the following areas:
    • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
    • Students with Disabilities, Birth – Grade 2
    • Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 Generalist
  • A personal statement that includes reference to your desire to pursue a concentration in Behavior Disorders
  • Two letters of recommendation

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

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 Childhood Special Ed (Grades 1-6)-Specialized Addl Cert. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • May 15 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 1 (Extended Deadline)

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

If you do not have a master’s degree, or hold New York State teacher certification in Students with Disabilities, Birth – Grade 2, Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 Generalist, or Childhood Education, Grades 1-6, consider applying for our master’s degree program in Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6: Behavior Disorders.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Elizabeth Klein

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