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Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6, Professional Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In the Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6, Professional Certification from New York University, students will examine critical education issues and acquire the skills to work with students with or without disabilities.


In the Childhood Special Education, Grades 1-6, Professional Certification from New York University, students will complete one semester of classroom observation and two semesters of student teaching in special education settings. Through student teaching, you will be encouraged to reflect on, question, and refine your knowledge and skills as you work with children at different age levels and with diverse needs and abilities. 

The Integrated Seminar in Childhood Special Education links theory and practice. In this collaborative seminar, you will have the opportunity to share, analyze, and extend your professional experiences, including your collaborations with other professionals and parents.

Through general and specialized pedagogical courses, you’ll learn:

  • Strategies to adapt curricula, learning environments, and assessments to address the different intellectual, emotional, and behavioral needs of students 
  • Approaches for working with children with emotional/behavioral disabilities, including educating children with severe/multiple disabilities

Career Opportunities

This program is open to participants who have a bachelor's degree and who hold certification or are eligible for certification in childhood education. Upon completion, you are eligible for New York State professional teaching certification in special education at the childhood level, or grades 1–6, as well as prepared for careers including:

  • Teacher in general, inclusive, and special education settings in public and private elementary schools
  • Special education teacher in hospitals, day-treatment centers, and other clinical settings, and in group homes and agencies such as the Young Adult Institute 
  • Charter school administrator or developer in specialized education services

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Curriculum for Diverse Learners
  • Individuals with Disabilities in Schools and Communities
  • Education of Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
  • Assessment and Instructional Design for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Education of Children with Special Needs in Childhood Settings
  • Student Teaching in Childhood Special Education
  • Literacy of the Special Learner
  • Literacy Assessment 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GRE or MAT
  • Proficiency in English
  • Teacher Certification - You are required to scan and upload evidence of your teacher certification, credential, or license as part of your application. If you are currently in school and expect to receive your teacher's certification after you graduate, you will use this section on the application to upload a note indicating this.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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