The Master of Science Dual Childhood Grades 1-6/Special Education Grades 1-6 program leads to initial teacher certification in both Childhood Education (Grades 1–6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) along with successfully passing all the required New York State teacher certification exams. The required exams are: Educating All Students (201); CST Students with Disabilities (060); and, CST Multi-Subject Teachers of Childhood (221/222/245).

The demand for special education teachers has risen in recent years because many New York City school districts report problems finding adequate numbers of certified special education teachers. This graduate level degree features a 12-month 3- semester, or 16-month 4-semester, 46-credit program combining classwork, field experiences and student teaching to prepare candidates to be culturally-responsive teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities.

MSED Dual Childhood 1–6/Special Education One-Year Three Semester Schedule with Two Semesters of Student Teaching

Dimensions Credits Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Purpose Title Developing Effective Relationships with Key Constituencies Teaching Effectively Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners
Purpose Introduction to the Purposed Centered Education
(2 credits)
Analysis of Teaching Behavior 1-3
(1 credit)
Analysis of Teaching Behavior 4-6
(1 credit)
Values & Ethics 2 Social Issues and Trends in Urban Education Classroom Management for Academic and Social Growth
Self & Others 2 Child/Adolescent Development and Learning Curriculum Development and Assessment in Special Education

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through the Arts

System 3 Foundations of Special Education Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School Science Methods and Curriculum
Skills 3 Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 1-3 Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 4-6

Inclusion: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management

Communication 2 Reading Instruction for Primary Grades Reading Instruction for Upper Grades Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in Reading
Constructive Action Observation and Participation in School and Community Settings
(120 hours in a field experience assignment simultaneously done with the Constructive Action)
(2 credits)
Teaching Practicum: Grades 1-3
(33 days/7 weeks of supervised full-time Clinical Practice [student teaching] simultaneously done with the Constructive Action)
(3 credits)
Teaching Practicum: Grades 4-6
(33 days/7 weeks of supervised full-time Clinical Practice [student teaching] simultaneously done with the Constructive Action)
(3 credits)

MSED Dual Childhood 1–6/Special Education Four Semester Schedule with Two Semesters of Student Teaching

This 16-month four-semester program schedule is designed for teaching assistants and  paraprofessionals who work full-time in NYC elementary schools, or others who may have jobs with flexible hours. Semester 2 requires 120 hours of field experiences. Semester 3 and 4 each require 33 days (about seven weeks) of student teaching. If the student’s NYC elementary school job site is approved for providing the necessary field supervision support, it is possible that all of the field hours and student teaching days can be completed there.

Dimensions Credits Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Purpose Title Developing Effective Relationships with Key Constituencies Teaching Effectively Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners
Purpose Introduction to the Purposed Centered Education
(2 credits)
Analysis of Teaching Behavior 1-3
(1 credit)
Analysis of Teaching Behavior 4-6
(1 credit)
Values & Ethics Social Issues and Trends in Urban Education

Classroom Management for Academic and Social Growth

Self & Others 2 Child/Adolescent Development and Learning Curriculum Development and Assessment in Special Education

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through the Arts

Systems 3 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School Foundations of Special Education Science Methods and Curriculum
Skills 3 Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 1-3 Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 4-6

Inclusion: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management

Communication 2 Reading Instruction I for Primary Grades
(2 credits)
Reading Instruction for Upper Grades
(2 credits)
Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in Reading
(2 credits)
Constructive Action Observation and Participation in School and Community Settings
(120 hours in the field experience assignment simultaneously done with the Constructive Action) (2 credits)
Teaching Practicum: Grades 1-3 (33 days/7 weeks of supervised full-time Clinical Practice [student teaching] simultaneously done with the Constructive Action) (3 credits) Teaching Practicum: Grades 4-6
(33 days/7 weeks of supervised full-time Clinical Practice [student teaching] simultaneously done with the Constructive Action) (3 credits)

MSED Dual Childhood 1–6/Special Education Four-Semester Schedule with One Semester of Student Teaching

This 16-months four-semester program schedule is designed for students who want to continue to work at a non-school based job(s) for as long as possible before needing to fulfil the mandated field requirements to become a New York State certified  teacher. Semester 3 includes the 100 hours of field experiences related to coursework required prior to the 60 days (about 14 weeks) of student teaching in an NYC elementary school.

Dimensions Credits Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
Purpose Title Developing Effective Relationships with Key Constituencies Teaching Effectively to Meeting the Unique Needs of All Learners
Purpose Introduction to the Purposed Centered Education Analysis of Teaching Behavior 1-3 (1 credit)

Analysis of Teaching Behavior 4-6
(1 credit)

Values & Ethics Social Issues and Trends in Urban Education

Classroom Management for Academic and Social Growth

Self & Others 2 Child/Adolescent Development and Learning Curriculum Development and Assessment in Special Education

Exploring Cultural Diversity Through the Arts

Systems 3 Foundations of Special Education

Science Methods and Curriculum

Skills 3 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 1-3 Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Technology in Grades 4-6

Inclusion: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management

Communication 2 Reading Instruction I for Primary Grades Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques in Reading Reading Instruction for Upper Grades
Constructive Action Observation and Participation in School and Community Settings (2 credits)

(100 hours in a field experience assignment simultaneously done with the Constructive Action)

Teaching Practicum: Grades 1-3 (3 credits)

Teaching Practicum: Grades 4-6 (3 credits)

(60 days/14 weeks of supervised full-time Clinical Practice [student teaching] simultaneously done with the Constructive Action)