Initial Childhood and Special Education Certification

This program prepares candidates for childhood (Grades 1-6) and Special Education certification (SWD 1-6).

The following courses are required of all candidates:
Course Title Credits
EDCH 598 Professional Seminar 3
EDCH 502 Foundations of Literacy 3
EDCH 540 Childhood Learning and Development 3
EDCH 543 Math Instruction:  Elementary 3
EDCH 545 Science Instruction:  Elementary 3
EDCH 546 Elementary Social Studies Instruction 3
SPE 541   Inclusive Strategies 3
SPE 570

Standards Based Assessment

SPE 580 Classroom Management 3
SPE 644 Collaborative Practices on a Transdisciplinary Team 3
SPE 631

Reading & Writing Process for Students with Disabilities or an elective
requires 25 hours of field experience

SPE 640

Learning and Behavioral Disorders: Etiology & Research -Based Interventions

SPE 650 Developmental Disabilities & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Analysis of Causes & Research-Based Interventions     3
SPE 652

Functional Curriculum & Assistive Technology for Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities and ASD requires 25 hours of field experience

SPE 698   

Seminar in Teaching and Assessment or an elective (50 hours – must include whole-class instruction in a childhood classroom) Prerequisite:  B or better in SPE 631 and SPE 652

SPE 615

Research Methods

SPE 593

Student Teaching (one placement in special education, one in childhood) Prereq is B or better in SPE 631, 652 and 698

EDU 595 

Child Abuse Seminar

EDU 596 Prevention of School Violence Seminar 0
EDU 597 Dignity for All Students (DASA) 0
SPE 594  

Student Teaching Seminar



Required Certification Exams for Initial Certification in Childhood and Childhood Special Education:

Individuals seeking a teaching certificate must achieve qualifying scores on a set of assessments as part of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination Program. Visit the link below for more information:

         Other Certification Requirements:

1.  Fingerprinting

2.  Child Abuse Seminar

3.  Prevention of School Violence Seminar

4.  Dignity for All Students (DASA) Seminar

Optional: Middle Childhood Extension for Grades 7-9.

Note: This is a regular Middle Childhood Extension in the content area, not a disabilities extension.

Course Title Credit Hours
EMC 552 Human Growth and Development 3
EMC 553 Cognition, Learning Assessment, and Diagnostic Teaching: Middle Childhood 3


Click here for degree requirement summary (DRS) sheet.