Childhood Special Education – Learning Disabilities Advanced Certificate


Program Overview

This post-master’s, advanced certificate program is designed for teachers with New York State certification in either Childhood Education Grades 1-6 or a different certification area of Special Education who seek an additional certification in Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6 with a focus on students with Learning Disabilities. This hybrid program begins each Summer.

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 1-6

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:
    • Students with Disabilities, Birth – Grade 2
    • Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 Generalist
    • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
  • A personal statement that includes reference to your interest in focusing on Learning Disabilities
  • Two letters of recommendation

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall. Note, this program begins in the Summer.

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 Childhood Special Education (Grades 1-6) Specialized Additional Certificate.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • May 15 (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: Learning Disabilities.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Program Leader

Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides

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