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Special Education

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The coursework and field experiences in our programs develop:

  • competencies in understanding principles and policies of special education; and
  • proficiency in assessing and providing evidenced-based intervention and instruction for culturally diverse adolescents with a range of disabilities.

Start Semester: All
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Adolescence Special Education applicants can choose among the following three programs:

General and Exceptional Adolescents (42 credits, Dual Certification)

This integrated, dual-certification program leads to New York state certification as both a subject area classroom teacher for adolescents grades 7-12 and a students with disabilities 7-12 generalist with a subject area extension.

Students can choose among the following subject area specializations:

Admissions prerequisites and curricula vary by subject area. Refer to the subject area webpage for more detailed information. There is also an option to add an extension to teach grades 5-6. 

Generalist (30 credits)

Degree: Master of Science in Teaching (MST)

Career Path: Prepares teachers for support roles in special education such as consultant teacher, resource room service providers, and integrated co-teachers.

This program leads to New York state certification as a teacher of Students with Disabilities, 7-12 Generalist.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions and review a list of courses.

Fieldwork Requirements

In the fall and spring semesters of the first year, students are in classrooms for three full days per week: observation for three weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for ten weeks.

In the fall and spring semesters of the second year, students are in classrooms for five full days per week: observation for two weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for twelve weeks.

Certification Information

The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree and initial New York State certification.

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. 

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.

Programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification. 

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