SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
For Elementary & Secondary Teachers in Excess
If you are an elementary or secondary teacher in excess who is interested in teaching special education full-time this fall, you may be eligible to join the Special Education Certification program. The NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) partners with a local institution of higher education to offer this subsidized, one-year certification program to current elementary and secondary teachers in excess. Eligible candidates will have the opportunity to teach special education while working towards earning an Initial certification in Students with Disabilities for Grades 1-6 or Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 7-12.
In order to apply, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
GETTING CERTIFIED - UNIVERSITY COURSEWORK
In order to receive the Supplemental certificate in Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6, participants must take graduate level special education coursework while concurrently teaching in an elementary/secondary special education classroom. The NYCDOE will subsidize the cost of tuition for the 18 maximum credits of required coursework for candidates who meet program requirements. This subsidy is contingent upon participants earning satisfactory ratings throughout the completion of the program.
Participants attend university courses twice during weekday evenings for one year. Courses are offered via a cohort model, which provides additional support to individuals in the program. During the program, candidates will be observed by Adelphi field consultants who will provide feedback and a final evaluation. The field consultant will work collaboratively with your school- appointed mentor as a conduit for your ongoing school-based professional development.
After completing coursework, teachers will have met the requirements for an Initial certificate in Students with Disabilities, Grades 1 -6 or 7-12. To earn Initial certification in this area, teachers will also be required to register and pass required NYS exams and attend additional workshops on working with students on the autism spectrum at their own expense. Applications for the Supplemental and Initial certificates are $100 each, and the autism workshop is available through the UFT for no fee.
We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information about the Special Education Certification program. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and enter "Special Education Certification program" as the subject of your email.