Elementary Inclusive Education MA Dual Gifted

M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension

Earn your degree and initial certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6 and the New York State extension in Gifted Education.

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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.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 52
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall


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

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

* Summer/Fall 2020 deadline extended to May 15.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test

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:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science (one of which must contain a lab component)
  • Social Science

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.

Course Requirements

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MA: Elementary Inclusive Education Initial Certification 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. Students who choose this option complete an additional semester of student teaching (3 credits) in a gifted education setting, which can be an inclusive setting, along with three courses in gifted education. This is a 52-point M.A. program.

Students who are interested in entering this program can choose this option either when they apply for admission to the Elementary Inclusive Education Program, by designating the extension on their applications, or by informing Professor Borland and Professor Oyler of their intention to pursue the extension once they have matriculated in the Elementary Inclusive Education Program.

Since the extension program combines courses and requirements from the Elementary Inclusive Education Program and the Program in Gifted Education, advisement is provided by the faculty of both programs. Faculty in the Program in Gifted Education advise students on matters related to courses in gifted education, student teaching in gifted education, and the culminating project.

If students have any questions about the extension program, they should get in touch with Professor Borland at jhb27@columbia.edu.

Course Requirements for the 48-credit Gifted Education Extension

Foundation and Methods Courses:

  • C&T 4000 Disability, exclusion, and schooling (3)
  • C&T 4143 Multicultural social studies in the elementary and middle school (3)
  • MSTM 5010 Mathematics in Elementary Schl (3)
  • MSTC 4040 Science in Childhood Education  (3)
  • HBSS 4116 Health education for teachers (1)
  • Various Educational foundations (philosophy/social science in education or child development) (2)

Student Teaching Semesters:

  • C&T 4123 Curriculum and Instruction in Inclusive Elementary Education (fall) (3)
  • C&T 4124 Curriculum Development in Inclusive Elementary Education (spring) (3)
  • C&T 4726 Professional laboratory experiences/student teaching in elementary education (8; year-long)
  • C&T 4702 Student teaching: Giftedness (3)
  • C&T 4132 Learning and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (3)
  • C&T 4133 Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading/writing classroom (3)
  • Various Literacy electives (2)

Gifted Education Courses

Nine credits from any of the following:

  • C&T 4021 Nature and needs of gifted students (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4022 Instructional models in the education of gifted students (1-3 credits)
  • C&T 4023 Differentiated curriculum for gifted students (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 4024 Planning and implementing programs for gifted students (3 credits)
  • C&T 4026 Exceptionality and intelligence: Theoretical approaches (2-3 credits)
  • C&T 5506 Seminar in Gifted Education (3 credits)     

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

Each student’s academic progress is reviewed by the faculty of the Program in Gifted Education and the Elementary Inclusive Program.  Students must achieve average grades to continue in the program. Specifically, this means that one must have a “B” average in all courses to be allowed into student teaching. If a student receives any course grade of less than a “B-,” he or she must meet with faculty.

During the Elementary Inclusive Education Program student-teaching year, students must achieve a grade of “B-” or better in Core and must receive a “Pass” on their fall student teaching portfolio in order to continue onto the spring semester.

Culminating Project:

The culminating project in the Gifted Education Extension Program in the Elementary Inclusive Education Program consists of a professional-development portfolio.  This portfolio documents a student’s professional growth as an educator over a period of time of his or her choosing but must include the period in which he or she is a student at Teachers College. The student is responsible for designing, compiling, managing, and submitting the portfolio to Professor Borland as a requirement for graduation

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