These programs are designed for individuals who do not already hold New York State 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 New York State Learning Standards.
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Program in Intellectual Disability/ Autism: Early Childhood (ITDE-DUAL) - for individuals who seek NYS dual certification in Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (birth through grade 2). This 60-point full-time program typically requires two years to complete.
- 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.
- Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability/Autism: Adolescent Generalist (grades 7-12) (ITDA-INIT) - for individuals who seek NYS initial certification in Students with Disabilities - generalist (grades 7-12). This 38-point full-time program typically requires one and a half years to complete.
- Master of Arts (MA) in Intellectual Disability/Autism (grades 1-6) (ITDC- TRAN - Peace Corps Fellow Program): This MA program is restricted to students who have been admitted to the Peace Corps Fellows Program and requires participation in the pre-service summer component and other activities associated with that program. The program leads to NYS transitional-B certification at the childhood (grades 1-6) level. This 36-point program typically requires two 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 4005 Computer applications in special education
- 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
- 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
In order to broaden the student’s background in education, three Teachers College courses outside the Teachers College major department must be completed (in this case, a course is defined as one for which at least two points are earned). These courses should be selected from the following areas:
- Age-appropriate developmental psychology course
- Educational foundations course
- Health requirement
- Technology requirement
- Reading course
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.