Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education Adolescence Generalist (7-12) (MSEd)

Program Administrator: 

Diane Brescia

Building (3S), Room 211A

Telephone: 718.982.3877

Email: diane.brescia@csi.cuny.edu

 

The program prepares students to teach students with disabilities in childhood. It is designed to serve dual functions through two distinct instructional sequences:

Sequence 1: This sequence is designed for those who have completed the course requirements for initial certification in childhood education from the New York State Department of Education. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will have met the academic requirements for professional certification in special education at the childhood level.

Sequence 2: This sequence is designed for college graduates who have not completed the course requirements for initial certification in childhood education. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students will have met the academic requirements for initial certification in teaching students with disabilities in childhood.

Admission Requirements

For Sequence 1, candidates must have completed the courses required for a New York State Initial Certificate in early childhood, childhood, or adolescence education. Official transcripts and a copy of the certificate must be submitted when it is received from the New York State Department of Education. Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree. Each candidate must have completed 36 credits in liberal arts and science concentration and one year of college-level foreign language or the equivalent. The overall grade point average (GPA) must be 3.0 (B) or above. According to New York State Department of Education (2010) special education requirements, each student must have completed two approved courses or a minimum of six credits in each of the following areas: Laboratory Science; History; English; and Mathematics. Each of these courses must be completed with a grade of 3.0 (B) or better. The candidate must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved equivalent examination and request the submission of official scores to the College. The CSI Code is 2778. Applicants should apply directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to take the examination.

For Sequence 2, candidates must have a baccalaureate degree. Each candidate must have completed 36 approved credits in a liberal arts and sciences and one year of college-level foreign language or the equivalent; and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (B). According to the New York State Department of Education (2010) special education requirements, each student must have completed two approved courses or a minimum of six credits in each of the following areas: Laboratory Science; History; English and Mathematics. Each of these courses must be completed with a grade of 3.0 (B) or better. The candidate must also take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or an approved equivalent examination and request the submission of official scores to the College. The CSI Code is 2778. Applicants should apply directly to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to take the examination.

For both sequences, applicants whose GPAs fall below the required minimums may submit a letter of appeal to the admissions committee; however, such appeals will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. A candidate appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating the ability to succeed in the program. The candidate may also be required to take up to 24 credits in the liberal arts and sciences courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which each of these courses must be completed with a grade 3.0 (B) or better.

Applications for both sequences are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. All applications must include two academic or professional letters of recommendation and a one- or two-page personal statement that discusses the academic, teaching, and/or work experiences that have led and prepared the applicant to pursue graduate study in education.

Degree Requirements

Sequence 1 consists of ten three-credit required courses and one elective course for a total of 11 courses (33 credits). Sequence 2 consists of 14 three-credit required courses and a three- to six-credit field-based requirement for a total of 45-48 credits. Several courses have fieldwork requirements as indicated in the course descriptions. A capstone research project based on student's research is completed over the span of EDP 640 and EDP 642.

Sequence 1

Credit Distribution for Sequence 1 (33 credits)

1. Core Courses (30 credits)

EDP 610Psychological Foundations of Special Children (Effective 2009)

3

EDP 611Social Foundations of Special Education

3

EDP 622Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 626Principles of Assessment in Special Education

3

EDP 630Practicum in Special Education

3

 

EDP 640Fundamentals of Research in Special Education

3

OR

EDD 630Educational Seminar I

3

 

EDP 642Research Project in Special Education

3

OR

EDD 631Educational Seminar II

3

 

EDP 645Teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies to Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

EDP 646Reading Instruction and Assessment of Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

EDP 647Integrating Technology into Teaching Math and Science to Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

2. Elective Courses: One from the following: (3 credits)

EDD 620The Teacher and Curriculum Improvement

3

EDP 625Reading: Advanced Instructional Methods

3

EDP 627Assessment for Instruction in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 675Issues in Bilingualism in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 685Perspectives on Normalization and Integration in Special Education

3

ASD 701Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues

3

ASD 702Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part I

3

ASD 703Treatment Approaches, Applications, & Methods for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Part 2

3

ASD 704Contemporary Approaches to Assessment & Intervention of Speech, Language, & Communication Development in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

3

Total Credit Hours: 33

Sequence 2

Credits Distribution for Sequence II (45-48 credits)

1. Core Courses (18 credits)

EDD 602Studies in Urban and Metropolitan Education

3

EDD 610Adolescent Development and Learning

3

EDE 651Integrated Strategies for Underachieving Readers

3

EDM 605Curriculum and Pedagogy Support in the Social Studies for Special Education Teachers of Adolescent Students

3

EDM 606Curriculum and Pedagogy Support in Math for Special Education Teachers of Adolescent Students

3

EDM 607Curriculum and Pedagogy Support in Science for Special Education Teachers of Adolescent Students

3

2. Advanced Courses (24 credits)

EDP 612Foundations of Special Education

3

EDP 622Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 626Principles of Assessment in Special Education

3

EDP 640Fundamentals of Research in Special Education

3

EDP 642Research Project in Special Education

3

EDP 645Teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies to Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

EDP 646Reading Instruction and Assessment of Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

EDP 647Integrating Technology into Teaching Math and Science to Adolescent Students with Special Needs

3

3. Field-based Experience (3-6 credits)

EDP 631Teaching Practicum I in Special Education

2

EDP 632Teaching Practicum II in Special Education

1

OR

EDP 633Student Teaching in Special Education

6

Total Credit Hours: 45-48

Total Number of Credits for Sequence I: 33

Total Number of Credits for Sequence II: 45-48