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Master's Degree Program in Childhood Special Education - Learning Disabilities Overview

Program Coordinator
Prof. Sara Hines
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The graduate program in Childhood Special Education: Learning Disabilities (LD) prepares teachers to be skilled and knowledgeable special educators who affect the learning and life outcomes of youngsters grades 1-6 with various learning disabilities -- dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal LD and ADHD.  The program is practical and rigorous, appealing to smart committed individuals who have reported over the years that the coursework, hands-on learning, and camaraderie are challenging -- and exhilarating.  The program includes year-long supervised clinical teaching (after school) with weekly feedback, much practicing of instructional methods, self-videotaping, as well as solid grounding in what it takes to be a savvy special education professional.

The Learning Disabilities program is not just a collection of courses.  Rather, it is coherent preparation that provides:

  • Potent instructional principles, programs, and practices
  • Much modeling and applying of skills in multiple settings
  • Frequent feedback
  • The challenge of developing skills and understanding: discerning what students need and devising specially-designed instruction
  • The opportunity to work hard and, thereby, learn much

The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).  In addition, it garnered the very first national Exemplary LD Program of the Year Award-1996 from DLD/CEC and Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

Our graduates are highly sought-after special educators.  They work in a variety of settings, from collaborative classrooms, to resource rooms, self-contained classes, special schools, and human service agencies.

Successful completion of the LD program results in a master’s degree, and leads to New York State teacher certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).  Those who enter without certification in general education, complete Program 1 and may earn dual certification in both childhood special education and childhood general education. Those who enter already certified in childhood general education, complete Program 2, leading to the additional special education certificate.

For more information:

  1. Please fully explore the information available on this website and in the Hunter Graduate Catalogue, which is available online (also in print at Hunter’s OASIS Center in the North building at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue).
  2. You are encouraged to attend one of the twice-yearly Open Houses, at which you can talk with faculty from all of Hunter’s School of Education programs, including faculty from each of our special education programs.
  3. Once you have explored these resources and identified your remaining questions, you are welcome to seek additional program information from the LD Coordinator
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