Prospective Students

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teachers of quality

Programs & Eligibility Requirements

We prepare new secondary level teachers of quality to teach in high-need New York City public schools in the following initial certification areas:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Science Education – Biology, Chemistry or Earth Science

We are also working toward dual certification for the following program, but in the meantime, prospective students will need to apply to the TESOL, special ed or science programs:

  • TESOL + Special Education
  • Special Education + Science (biology, chemistry, earth science)
  • Special Education + Mathematics
  • Special Education + ELA
  • Special Education + Social Studies

Please select a program of interest below for more information on the unique application requirements for each program.

Student discussing their class.


Housed in the Art and Humanities Department, the TESOL Program is deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world contexts. Members of the TESOL cohort participate in a variety of classes to prepare teachers to work with ELLs of different proficiency levels in NYC secondary schools. This program leads to certification to teach speakers of a second language.

Graduate Students in Intellectual Disability Autism

Intellectual Disabilities/Autism

The Intellectual Disabilities/Autism program is founded on the idea that inclusive education is not just about students with labeled disabilities but rather is fundamentally about all students and more significantly, about the cultural practices of schooling. The program cultivates educators who can interrogate and work to actively challenge the many sociocultural, institutional, bureaucratic, and interpersonal ways in which children and their families experience marginalization and exclusion.

Felicia Mensah

Science Education

The Science Education program is housed within the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, providing students with opportunities to study science education theory and the discipline of science. Upon its completion students earn both an M.A. degree and a New York State initial license to teach Chemistry or Biology or Physics or Earth Science and General Science in grades seven through twelve.

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