Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Special Education Childhood Education (Advanced Certificate)

Program Administrator:

Diane Brescia

Building (3S), Room 211A

Telephone: 718.982.3877


The College of Staten Island offers an advanced certificate in Special Education Childhood to provide an appropriate set of academic and clinical experiences for teachers preparing to work with special needs children.   

The certificate consist of a sequence of four courses needed in the four areas (Foundations, Classroom Management, Assessment, and Pedagogy) required by the New York State Education Department, as well as two Practicum Mentorships in which teachers will be given an extensive opportunity to apply the principles of special education they learned in the courses into the school classroom.

Admission Requirements

  • A teacher or current graduate student who has a valid, initial or professional certificate in Childhood Education grades 1-6.
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 GPA in both undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation - letters can be professional or academic.
  • Participation in an interview.
  • An essay outlining career goals.
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred if candidates have had equivalent graduate courses and education experiences within the past five years.  The transfer of credits is subject to the approval of the coordinator of the program.

Degree Requirements

The program of student will consist of the following: a) a 3-credit special education foundations course, b) 9-credit core courses, c) two 2-credit practicum mentorships. Students are expected to complete the program in one year.

Special Education Foundations Course

EDP 612Foundations of Special Education



EDP 660Teaching Students with Special Needs



Core Courses For Childhood Teacher 1-6 (9 credits)

EDP 624Reading: Assessment and Instruction in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms


EDP 622Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms


EDP 626Principles of Assessment in Special Education



Practicum Mentorship (4 credits)

EDP 664Practicum Mentorship In Curriculum And Instructional Practices for Students with Disabilities


EDP 666Practicum Mentorship in Assessment and Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities


Total Credit Hours: 16