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Behavior Disorders Overview

Program Coordinator
Prof. Tom McIntyre
914 West Building
(212) 772-4706


Welcome to the Graduate Program in Behavior Disorders.  We have an exciting and rigorous course of study designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to be an exceptional teacher of students with mental health concerns, learning disabilities, and behavioral challenges.  Our small and collegial program, with its emphasis on placing theory into practice, prepares you for the nation’s area of greatest teacher need.  Indeed, it is an exceptional individual who chooses to help those youngsters who are the most challenged and challenging.  Our best-practice program, with its advanced coursework in behavior disorders, two methods courses in learning disabilities, and guided fieldwork and fieldwork experiences, enables you to be a valued and exceptional educator of students who are farthest from the educational and societal dream.

The program has two tracks.  Program 1 is for students who do not have New York State certification in general childhood education; Program 2 is for students who do have general education childhood certification.  Upon graduation, teachers in Program 1 will qualify for New York State certification to teach in grades 1-6, both as a general education and a special education teacher.  Students in Program 2 will qualify for certification as special education teachers in grades 1-6.  Our graduates take positions in any of a variety of settings including general education classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained programs (public school, private institutes, youth incarceration facilities) in addition to behavior consultant capacities.

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