Elementary Inclusive Education MA Dual Gifted Ext

Master of Arts in Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension

Earn your degree and teacher certification in initial certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6, Teaching Students with Disabilities for grades 1-6, and the New York State extension in Gifted Education.

This degree program is suitable for students who would like to be certified as general educators and special educators but are also open to working with students who have tested into gifted programs. The gifted education extension option includes both general education and special education courses as well as three courses in gifted education and an additional semester of student teaching in a gifted education setting.

This option may be selected during your application or during your course of study at Teachers College.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can also apply for teacher certification in states other than New York. While many of our graduates go on to teach in New York City schools, many secure teaching positions elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally.

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 56
  • Entry Terms: Spring, Summer, Fall


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  • NY State Initial: 1-6
  • NY State Initial: Students with Disabilities 1-6
  • NY State Gifted Ed. Extension

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
SpringNovember 15, 2023November 15, 2023N/A
SummerJanuary 15, 2024April 1, 2024N/A
FallJanuary 15, 2024April 1, 2024N/A

Select programs remain open beyond our standard application deadlines, such as those with an extended deadline or those that are rolling (open until June or July). If your program is rolling or has an extended deadline indicated above, applications are reviewed as they are received and on a space-available basis. We recommend you complete your application as soon as possible as these programs can close earlier if full capacity has been met.

Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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The Gifted Extension option allows students in the Elementary Inclusive Education Program to pursue the New York State extension in gifted education along with dual certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) by including 12 credits in gifted education in their course study.

Course Requirements for the 56-Credit Program (MA-GFEX-DUAL)

M.A. Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities with Gifted Extension


Student Teaching Semesters - Restricted to Student Teachers

Course #, Course Name, and Credits

  • C&T 4123    Student Teaching Methods: Inclusive Teaching Seminar (Spring) 3

  • C&T 4124    Student Teaching Methods: Inclusive Teaching Seminar II (Fall) 3

  • C&T 4726    Professional Laboratory Experiences/Student Teaching in Elementary Education (year-long course) 8

  • C&T 4132    Learning and Teaching in the Primary Reading/Writing Classroom 3

  • C&T 4019    Literacy Supports 3


Foundations and Methods Courses

Course #, Course Name, and Credits

  • C&T 4000    Disability, Exclusion, and Schooling 3

  • C&T 4320    Practicum for Disability, Exclusion, and Schooling 0

  • C&T 4143    Multicultural Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School 3

  • MSTC 4040 Science in Childhood Education 3

  • MSTM 5010 Mathematics in the Elementary School 3

  • HBSS 4116 Health Education for Teachers 1

  • Various Educational Foundations * (Philosophy/Social Science in Education or Child Development) 3

  • C&T 4037    Relational Approaches to Challenging Behavior 2

  • C&T 4060    Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities 2

  • C&T 4321    Practicum for Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities 0

  • C&T 4301    Educational Assessment of Students with Disabilities 2

  • C&T 5080    Access to Full Participation in Schools 3

  • C&T 5081    Collaborative Communication in Cultural Contexts 1


Gifted Education Extension

Possibilities include, but not limited to:

Course #, Course Name, and Credits

  • C&T 4021    Nature and Needs of Gifted Students 3

  • C&T 4022    Instructional Models in the Education of Gifted Students 3

  • C&T 4023    Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students 3

  • C&T 4025    Nurturing Talents & Gifts during the Early Childhood Years 2-3

  • C&T 4026    Giftedness and Intelligence 2-3

  • C&T 4702    Student Teaching: Gifted 3

  • C&T 5024    Planning and Implementing Programs for Gifted Students 3

*An appropriate undergraduate course may be substituted for this requirement; please consult with Program Faculty.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) mandates teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

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