Elementary Inclusive Education MA Dual

M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities

Earn your degree and initial certification in Childhood Education for grades 1-6 and Teaching Students with Disabilities for grades 1-6.

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This degree program is designed for students who are open to working as either general educators or special educators. The first part of the program includes the general Elementary Inclusive Education courses. That sequence is then followed by an additional fall Critical Special Education semester, during which students take courses in teaching students with disabilities and complete internships in schools and classrooms that predominantly serve students with disabilities. This semester deepens students' skills in designing increasingly inclusive learning environments for students with a range of disabilities.

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 Initial: Students with Disabilities 1-6

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

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

Course Requirements for the 52-Credit Program (MA-ELEM-DUAL)
M.A. Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities

Student Teaching Semesters - Restricted to Student Teachers

Course #, Course Name, and Credits
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 (year-long course) 8
C&T 4132      Learning and Teaching in the Primary Reading/Writing Classroom 3
C&T 4199      Literacy Supports 3

Foundations and Methods Courses

Course #, Course Name, and Credits
C&T 4000      Disability, Exclusion, and Schooling 3
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 1-2
C&T 4301      Educational Assessment Special Education Students 3
Various         Educational Foundations * (Philosophy/Social Science in Education or Child Development) 2-3

Other Courses

Course #, Course Name, and Credits 
Various          Elective** 0-3

Critical Special Education Practicum Semester

Course #, Course Name, and Credits
C&T 5081      Collaborative Communication in Cultural Contexts 3
C&T 5080      Access to Full Participation in Schools 3
C&T 4311      Disability Studies Practicum: School-Based 3
C&T 5905      Seminar: Discourses in Difference 3

*An appropriate undergraduate course may be substituted for this requirement; please consult with Program Faculty.
**The program does not require an elective.

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.

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