Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Special Education Childhood (1-6) (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 childhood education or early childhood 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 also have a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration, and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (B). 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 in a liberal arts and sciences major, or 36 approved credits in a liberal arts and sciences concentration, at least six credits each in English, history, mathematics, and science; one year of college-level foreign language or the equivalent; and an overall grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.0 (B). 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. Candidates appealing for admission must present documentation demonstrating their ability to succeed in the program and may be required to take up to 24 credits in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences courses, as prescribed by the program coordinator, in which they must earn grades no lower than 3.0 (B).

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 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 of the courses have fieldwork requirements. As a culminating experience, all students complete an original research paper in EDP 642 Research Project in Special Education.

Sequence 1

Credit Distribution for Sequence 1 (33 credits)

1. Required Education Courses: (30 credits)

EDP 610Psychological Foundations of Special Children (Effective 2009)

3

EDP 611Social Foundations of Special Education

3

EDP 621Teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 622Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

EDP 624Reading: Assessment and Instruction 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

EDP 631Teaching Practicum I in Special Education

2

 

EDP 680Integrating Technology in Math and Science Instruction in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

2. Elective Courses: One course from the following:

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

Credit Distribution for Sequence 2 (45-48)

1. Core Courses (18 credits)

EDD 602Studies in Urban and Metropolitan Education

3

EDD 609Child Cognitive Development and Learning

3

EDE 601Teaching and Learning Social Studies in Elementary Education

3

EDE 602Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary Education

3

EDE 603Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary Education

3

EDE 604Teaching and Learning Science in Elementary Education

3

2. Advanced Courses (24 credits)

Students must complete all of the following:

EDP 612Foundations of Special Education

3

EDP 621Teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

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 680Integrating Technology in Math and Science Instruction in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

One of the following:
EDP 624Reading: Assessment and Instruction in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms

3

OR

EDP 625Reading: Advanced Instructional Methods

3

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

One of the following alternatives

EDP 631Teaching Practicum I in Special Education

2

AND

EDP 632Teaching Practicum II in Special Education

1

OR

EDP 633Student Teaching in Special Education

6

Total Credit Hours: 45-48