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Special Education - Certification Tracks

Students completing this program will be recommended by Roberts Wesleyan College to the NYS Education Department for Professional Certification in all base teaching certificates and the NYS Extension in Severe or Multiple Disabilities. This qualifies you to teach in self-contained settings, specialized schools and agencies, and residential/treatment programs.


Choose from three certification tracks based on your current teacher certification. Register for the next Information Meeting to learn more.


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Professional Certification Track

This program is for teachers who have a base teaching certificate in:

  • Special Education: Childhood 1-6
  • Special Education: 7-12 or 7-12 Generalist
  • Dual Certification: Childhood Education and Special Education Grades 1-6
  • Early Childhood/Students With Disabilities & Special Education

Program Requirements

  • Complete the 33-credit program
  • Complete all relevant requirements to qualify for the additional titles/extensions as stated above.

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Initial Certification Track

The Initial Certification Track is for teachers who have a base teaching certificate in:

  • Childhood 1-6
  • Adolescence 7-12 in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Spanish, or French
  • Physical Education*
  • Art Education*
  • Music Education*

*Teachers with K-12 certification levels may not attach a Special Education Certification to their base title, but will earn professional certification in their base title after passing certification tests connected to their grade-level of study.

Program Requirements

  • Complete the 36-credit program (includes a 3-credit Student Teaching Practicum to be completed after all coursework is successfully completed)
  • Successfully complete 50 hours of field work experience
    • 25 hours aligned to SPED 5703: IEPs and Collaboration
    • 25 hours aligned to SPED 6743: Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaming
  • Successfully pass Student Teaching Practicum
  • Pass all relevant Content Specialty Tests (see NYS website)

View Available Extensions | Required Coursework

Initial Certification with a Concentration in Multiple and Severe Disabilities Track

This track for teachers who have a base teaching certificate in:

  • Childhood 1-6
  • Adolescence 7-12 in Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Spanish, or French
  • Physical Education*
  • Art Education*
  • Music Education*

*Teachers with K-12 certification levels may not attach a Special Education Certification to their base title, but will earn professional certification in their base title after passing certification tests connected to their grade-level of study.

Program Requirements

  • Complete the 39-credit program
  • Successfully complete 75 hours of field work experience
    • 25 hours aligned to SPED 5703: IEPs and Collaboration
    • 25 hours aligned to SPED 6741: Responsive Programming for Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities
    • 25 hours aligned to SPED 6743: Diagnostic and Prescriptive Collaborative Teaming
  • Successfully pass Student Teaching Practicum
  • Pass all relevant Content Specialty Tests (see NYS website)

View Required Coursework

Extensions

Special Education: 7-12

Students will be recommended for an extension to their base content-area certificate:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish

 

 

 

 

This teaching title certifies you to be a special educator of your content area in a self-contained classroom.

7-12 Generalist:

With 12 credits of additional coursework (a formal evaluation must be completed by our certification officer) students may complete requirements for the NYS Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist resource room, or as a consultant teacher or inclusion teacher in a 7-12 general education classroom.

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