Master of Science in Education: Dual Childhood/Special Education
Graduates are eligible for both initial New York State certifications in Childhood 1-6 general education and in Childhood 1-6/Special Education (Teaching Students with Disabilities). MCNY's Masters in Education attracts highly motivated professionals who are committed to the education of all children. As a student here, you will participate in a challenging curriculum that incorporates full-time work and internship requirements with intensive study. You will enjoy the benefits of a close-knit learning community, where students rely on each other for knowledge and support throughout their time here.
About this Program
New accelerated 12-Month Initial Teacher Certification Master of Science in Education: Dual Childhood 1-6/Special Education (Teaching Students with Disabilities) Program.
This 1-year, 3-semester, 46-credit program is designed for the person who is committed to the educability of all children and who wants the flexibility of possessing the certifications to teach in a general, inclusive or special education setting on the elementary level (grades 1-6). The program leads to initial teacher certification in both Childhood Education (grades 1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (Special Education), upon graduation and successfully completing NYSED requirements, including passing grades on CST Multi-Subject (002) and the CST Students with Disabilities (060) certification exams.
A Purpose-Centered System of Education uniquely links theory to practice at each stage of the learning process. Through a cohort model, students are organized into peer learning communities to develop knowledge, skills and understanding aligned to the New York State Teaching Standards. Because the program is committed to preparing teachers who are able to use educational technology, students will be given their own laptop computer to help them explore, evaluate and effectively integrate instructional technologies throughout the curriculum.
The MS in Education program is designed for recent college graduates, career changers and uncertified teachers. This 12-month program is for full-time students only. Students can begin in the fall, spring or summer semester. Students are expected to complete the entire program in 12 consecutive months with their entering cohort class. In compliance with NYSED regulations, the program consists of 120 hours of field experiences during the first semester. During the second and third semesters, students will participate in two student teaching experiences each lasting 32 school days.
The demand for special education teachers has risen in recent years because many districts report problems finding adequate numbers of licensed special education teachers. This graduate level degree features a 1-year, 3-semester, 46-credit program combining class work, field experiences and student teaching to prepare candidates to be effective teachers of students with disabilities in diverse urban schools.
The program leads to initial teacher certification in both Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education (Teaching Students with Disabilities) upon graduation by successfully completing all NYSED requirements, including passing both the CST Multi-Subject (002) and the CST Students with Disabilities (060) certification exams.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest report of the occupations expected to have the largest number of job openings through 2018 (measured by anticipated number of jobs added from 2008-2018) indicates that both post-secondary and elementary school teachers are among the top 15. Job openings for post-secondary teachers are expected to jump by 257,000 through 2018, while jobs for elementary school teachers will grow by 244,000.
All applications will be reviewed by both an Enrollment Specialist and the MSED Program Director.
Admission to the MSED programs are competitive and requires the following:
- A completed application with all official transcripts and documentation.
- Evidence of an earned a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for admission on a provisional basis based on professional experience and/or credentials. If admitted on a provisional basis, the student will be required to complete a specified number of credits with an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to continue in the program. Upon application to the program, a student's transcripts will also be evaluated for appropriate liberal arts and sciences and content core coursework required for certification by NYSED Section 52.21.
- A resume
- Two signed letters of reference from faculty/professionals attesting not only to the academic readiness of the applicant but also to his/her readiness to teach children.
- Proficient English literacy skills through coursework and an in-person writing sample taken the same day as the interview.
- Participation in a structured interview with the Program Director and/or program faculty.
- NYCDOE fingerprint clearance eligibility to work with children. The NYCDOE fingerprint clearance process begins immediately following notification of acceptance by the Program Director.
- Proof of Immunizations (New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students on or after January 1, 1957 to supply immunizations from Measles, Mumps and Rubella prior to registration.
- Application Fee of $45 (the non-refundable fee) which can be paid either by check, money order or on-line with a credit card via a secured server.
Applications can be made at any time. The College accepts students on a rolling admission basis for the three terms per year. Semesters begin: Fall - second week of September, Spring - second week of January, Summer - first week of May.