Intellectual Disability Autism MA Dual

M.A. in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Childhood Level)

With Initial Certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6)


This program is designed for individuals who do not already hold New York State initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities (grades 1-6).  We prepare pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, graduate students acquire the broad-based knowledge and skills needed to provide effective educational programs for students with the full range of learning and behavior characteristics.   

In addition, our programs provide specialized preparation in working with individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder at specific age levels. This is accomplished through required coursework in general education content areas and psychology as well as a special education core including coursework and a variety of fieldwork experiences. Our degree programs are fully aligned with the New York State Learning Standards.

This 43-credit full-time program typically requires one and a half years to complete.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 43
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

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  • Dual Certification: NY State Initial: Students with Disabilities 1-6
  • NY State Initial: Childhood 1-6

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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These programs are designed for individuals who do not already hold New York State (NYS) initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities. All programs prepare pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, the programs foster the acquisition of the broad-based knowledge and skills needed to provide effective educational programs for students with the full range of learning and behavior characteristics. In addition, the programs provide specialized preparation in working with children with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder at specific age levels. This is accomplished through required coursework in general education content areas and psychology as well as a special education core including coursework and a variety of fieldwork experiences. In addition, specialized coursework and practicum experiences are provided that focus on students with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The programs are fully aligned with the NYS Learning Standards.

  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree Program in Intellectual Disability/Autism: Childhood (grades 1-6) (ITDS-DUAL): For individuals who seek NYS dual certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). This 43-point full-time program typically requires one and a half years to complete.

Specialization Requirements, Intellectual Disability/Autism:

  • HBSE 4000 Introduction to special education

  • HBSE 4002 Instruction and curriculum for students with and without disabilities

  • HBSE 4006 Working with families of children with disabilities

  • HBSE 4010 Nature and needs of persons with intellectual disability/autism

  • HBSE 4011 Education of persons with intellectual disability/autism

  • HBSE 4015 Applied behavior analysis I

  • HBSE 4079 Language development and habilitation (or A&HL 4001 or HBSE 4071)

  • HBSE 4082 Assessment and evaluation of infants, children, and youth with exceptionalities

  • HBSE 4300 Practicum in assessment and evaluation of individuals with exceptionalities

  • HBSE 4700 Field observation in special education: Pre-student teaching

  • HBSE 4701 Observation and student teaching in special education: Intellectual disability/autism (two terms)

  • HBSE 4880 Opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities

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