Intellectual Disability Autism MA TRTC Initial

M.A. in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Teaching Residents at Teachers College)

With Initial Certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12) 

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 38
  • Entry Terms: Summer Only


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  • NY State Initial: Students with Disabilities 7-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): March 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): March 15

* Program admitting for Summer in 2021 only.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT
  • Application Supplement (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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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

Breadth Requirements:

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.

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