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Elementary Inclusive Education
The Department of Curriculum & Teaching
The Preservice Program in Elementary Inclusive Education is both a graduate program and a professional course of study. This rigorous academic program is designed primarily for those who have no (or minimal) formal preparation or coursework in education and are beginning their study of teaching. The program leads to an M.A. degree and New York State teacher certification. Upon completion of the program, graduates can also apply for teacher certification in states other than New York, and many secure teaching positions elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally.
There are two main components to the program: course work and student teaching. All M.A. students have a five-year candidacy period in which to complete their degree program.
40 CREDIT PROGRAM - Elementary Only
Our students typically choose to either: 1) accelerate through the program in 13 or 16 months (summer, fall, spring, summer OR spring, summer, fall, spring, summer), taking courses as they engage in student teaching; or 2) complete the program over 2 or more years, an option that enables them to complete most classes before beginning to student teach and to hold a part-time job while taking coursework only.
52 CREDIT PROGRAM - Elementary & Teaching Students with Disabilities
The 52 credit program builds on the 40 credit program. After completing two semesters of student teaching and accompanying coursework from the regular Elementary Inclusive program, students in the dual certification track spend an additional Fall semester taking courses and interning in schools.
52 CREDIT PROGRAM - Elementary and Teaching Students with Disabilities with Gifted Extension
The gifted education extension option allows students in the Elementary Inclusive Education Program to receive the New York State extension in gifted education along with their initial elementary education certification by including 12 credits in gifted education in their course of study.
38 CREDIT PROGRAM - Special Inclusive Elementary Education
The Preservice Program in Special Inclusive Elementary Education prepares teachers to teach inclusively in the full range of service delivery models utilized in the New York State continuum of special education services. This program is a stand-alone Teaching Students with Disabilities track.
Connect With Elementary Inclusive Education
Coordinator: Dr. Celia Oyler
Teachers College, Columbia University
306 Zankel Building
Phone: (212) 678-3695 Fax: (212) 678-3237
Our Program Blog
Connect With Students
"The moment I step into the classroom, I am learning. Not only am I learning about the students, but I am also learning about myself."
"Even though I am learning the difficulties of being a teacher, I am also gaining a deeper appreciation of the joys involved in teaching. There is nobody more courageous than a child that raises his hand to answer a question even though he is not certain if he is correct. When he gives an incorrect answer, he is not discouraged. He does not stop raising his hand because he did not give the right answer. Instead, he is the first student to raise his hand to give the answer for the next question."
"I am beginning to think that one way in which I can be more helpful in creating a classroom environment where no one is excluded is simply by getting to know the strengths, passions, and unique backgrounds of each of the students. (As I write that I realize it sounds like a very tall order.) I decided to use fifteen minutes that the students are allotted for snacktime as an opportunity to discover things about my students."
"I think the hardest aspect of teaching is making certain to meet the needs of every student. As a teacher, you are responsible for the education of the students. Parents have placed their trust into your hands. How does a teacher give a lesson to twenty-one different students sitting in one classroom? How does a teacher make certain that each student is learning?"