Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Special Education Adolescence 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 Adolescence Generalist 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 Adolescence Education grades 7-12.
  • 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.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Graduate courses taken within the last five years at an accredited college or university may be accepted at the discretion of the coordinator of the graduate program. A maximum of 12 graduate credits in graduate courses, with a minimum grade of 3.0 (B) in each course, may be applied toward a graduate degree from the College of Staten Island.

Acceptance of courses meeting the above requirements is not automatic. Acceptance of any course taken elsewhere toward the requirements for the CSI degree is at the discretion of the coordinator of the graduate program. Courses submitted must be equivalent to courses offered at CSI that meet the student’s programmatic needs. Therefore, students are urged to submit advanced standing requests prior to, or as soon as possible after, matriculation into the program.

Grade Point Average

Students must maintain a 3.0 (B) grade point average to receive a graduate degree in Education.

Advanced students may be allowed to take one or two specific graduate courses at other institutions with prior approval of the graduate program coordinator and department chairperson.

Degree Requirements

The Program of study 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 Teachers 7-12 (9 credits)

EDP 622Classroom Management in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms


EDP 626Principles of Assessment in Special Education



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



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



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