Earn your degree and initial certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6 and the New York State extension in Gifted Education.
This degree program is designed for students who would like to be certified as general educators, but are also open to working with students who have tested into gifted programs. The gifted education extension option includes the general Elementary Education courses, with the addition of 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.
* Program is no longer accepting applications.
Acceptance to the program requires strong academic credentials, robust and relevant professional or academic references, and a clear fit between program goals and the goals expressed by the applicant. At a minimum, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or above and evidence a commitment to educational equity and diversity. We look for prior experience working with children.
New York State requires students to submit GRE scores to be considered eligible for graduate-level teacher preparation. We, at Teachers College, are bound to comply with this law. For your information, this requirement does not align with the commitments and values of the Inclusive Education programs.
The State Education Department of New York requires that individuals seeking elementary certification must have successfully completed at least six semester hours (in semester-long courses) of college level credit in:
The state also requires three semester hours of college-level study or its equivalent in a language other than English (or fluency), and coursework in or experience with the arts and technology.
When you apply, the Office of Teacher Education reviews the transcripts you send with your application to determine if you have met these requirements. You can be accepted to Elementary Inclusive Education without having completed these liberal arts courses; however, you CANNOT be recommended for certification in New York State until you have done so.
We recommend that you also review your transcripts to see whether you have completed these requirements. It is to your advantage to take some of these courses at an undergraduate institution. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests can also be taken in lieu of completing undergraduate courses.
Please contact the program for more information on course requirements.