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Master’s Degree Program in Early Childhood Special Education with an Annotation in Severe/Multiple Disabilities

The Hunter College Master’s Degree Program in Early Childhood Special Education with an Annotation in Severe/Multiple Disabilities focuses on preparing teachers to work in programs that serve the following age levels: infants, toddlers/preschoolers, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2 in home-based and center-based settings in New York City and in other school districts within the metropolitan area.  Program 1A (54-60 credits) is designed for teacher candidates who have no initial certification in education; Program 1B (a) is designed for teacher candidates with prior New York State teacher certification in PreK-Grade 6 or in childhood education. Program 1 (B) (b) is for teacher candidates with prior New York State teacher certification in an area other than PreK-Grade 6, or childhood education.  Program 2 is for teacher candidates who have initial New York State teacher certification in early childhood education.  Upon completion of any of these program sequences, candidates will meet the academic requirements for NYS Certification in Early Childhood Special Education with an Annotation in Severe Disabilities.

The program is designed to enable full-time or part-time students to participate. Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, as well as on weekends. Some of the courses are offered partly on line to enable non-traditional students to participate off campus for some classes.  Student teaching, however, takes place during the school day.

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