The Master of Science in Education:
Dual Childhood/Special Education
The New York State Legislature approved a law that stipulates after July 1, 2016 applicants to teacher preparation programs, must submit official scores of a graduate school entrance examination. To be in compliance with this New York State regulation, MCNY will require official results of either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) which fulfills the entrance exam requirement.
Graduates are eligible for both initial New York State certifications in Childhood 1-6 general education and in Childhood 1-6/Special Education (Teaching Students with Disabilities). MCNY's Masters in Education attracts highly motivated professionals who are committed to the education of all children. As a student here, you will participate in a challenging curriculum that incorporates full-time coursework and internship requirements with intensive study. You will enjoy the benefits of a close-knit cohort learning community, where students rely on each other for knowledge and support throughout their time here. MCNY offers three entry points into the 12-month program: Fall (September), Spring (January), or Summer (May).
Veronica Singh, MSED, Dual Childhood/Special Education, '13
What is different about MCNY?
I liked the school's philosophy for a purpose-centered education - being in the classroom and being in the field from day one. You don't just focus on theory but also the practical side. It makes a big difference doing the hands on.
And I was surprised at how accessible the professors were. I earned my bachelor's degree from a bigger school, and I wasn't able to reach professors. But at MCNY their doors were always open. I was able to reach them by phone, email or in person.
How did your education at MCNY lead to what you do now?
At MCNY I spent time co-teaching a first-grade class. In that situation, one teacher focused on special needs students and one teacher focused on general education. I learned first-hand how to connect to students through this collaboration. Every day in my own classroom I use the knowledge I learned while student teaching.
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