The Intellectual Disability/Autism program at Teachers College prepares students to work with individuals with disabilities across a range of contexts. Our teacher certification programs lead to teaching students with disabilities (special education) certification at the early childhood, childhood, and adolescence level. And the dual certification degree programs prepare graduates to teach students with and without disabilities in a variety of public and private classroom settings — inclusive classrooms, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and special schools.
Use the tabs below to select the degree program that's right for you.
Our programs offer coursework and experiences at three levels: early childhood, childhood and adolescence. The early childhood and childhood programs lead to dual certification in students with disabilities. All certification programs prepare teachers to work with students with and without disabilities.
*Please contact us if you have certification from another state and are interested in this program.
The M.A. Program in Developmental Disabilities offers interdisciplinary perspective on disabilities, bridging coursework in special education with that across other disciplines (Psychology, Health, and/or Leadership). While this program does not lead to teacher certification, it provides students with knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities, with specialized emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (On-Campus): This program is designed for students who seek a graduate degree that provides knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities, but do not want teacher certification.
M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (Online): As with the in-person Developmental Disabilities program, the online Developmental Disabilities program is designed for students who seek a graduate degree that provides knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities. The online program includes the added flexibility of an asynchronous format.
It is such an honor to learn from incredible professors who challenge and inspire me each day. I know that upon graduating from TC, I will be fully equipped to lead as a respected special educator and represent TC proudly.
Go for it! You will be a valuable resource in any education related work environment- even advocacy work. Great field (especially with our numbers increasing) and very rewarding.
I felt I got very good insight on the complexities of low-incidence disabilities. In addition, it was great to have practice working with families of students with disabilities…people are very impressed with my credentials.
Student Teaching Placements and Family Studies best prepared me. Having the opportunity to practice all the skills taught in class in the "real world" is what helped prepare me and lead me to the job I have now.
The professors that I had in my program were able to speak from experience and not just a textbook. A lot of information that they gave has been useful in the classroom.
The journey this program has taken me on has shaped my professional path significantly. Student culture at TC within the Developmental Disabilities program is both supportive and collaborative. The elective portion of the program gave me exposure to areas of the field that I had not previously considered. I am currently applying for a PhD in Psychology.