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Special Education Teacher, 1-6: Advanced Certificate Program.

The Advanced Certificate in Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6) program is designed for teachers who are already certified in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6. This 18 credit program authorizes a teacher who is currently certified in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 to teach Students with Disabilities in Grades 1 - 6 for which there is a demonstrated shortage of certified teachers.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. A Lehman College's graduate or current graduate student who has possessed a valid provisional, initial, permanent, or professional certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1 through 6.
  2. Copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework and a B or better in all graduate coursework.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Participation in an interview
  5. An essay outlining career goals.
  6. A final evaluation from the childhood student teaching experience and submission of a capstone project completed in childhood education.

The program of study will consist of the following: a) a 3-credit pre-requisite course, b) 9-credit core courses, and c) 6-credit practicum courses. A maximum of 6 credits may be transferred if candidates have had equivalent graduate courses and educational experiences within the past five years. The transfer of the credits is subject to the approval by the coordinator in special education. Once a student has completed the Advanced Certificate Program, all 18 credits can be transferred to the Special Education Teacher, Grades 1-6 MS in Education Program within five years and upon approval of the coordinator in special education.

Existing Course Descriptions:

Pre-requisite Courses (3 credits)

EDS 701: Understanding Individuals with Disabilities. 3 hours, 3 credits. This introductory course studies mild, moderate, and severe disability conditions that affect individuals across the lifespan. Included are the following: historical foundations, key legislation governing education and habilitation of individuals with disabilities, etiology and comorbidity, assistive technologies, school-based programming, parent advocacy and collaborative work with families, impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on identification and classification, and transition to independent living and provision of services across the lifespan. (15 fieldwork hours required.) PREREQ: Permission of the adviser.

Core Courses (9 Credits)

EDS 743: Behavioral Assessment, Management, and Change. 3 hours, 3 credits. The study of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) theories and techniques for individualized academic, daily life, and social/behavioral interventions with at-risk, culturally and linguistically diverse, and/or special needs children and adults across the lifespan. Specific applications of applied behavior analysis techniques for behavior management in home, school, and community settings. PREREQ: EDS 701 or permission of the adviser.

EDS 709: Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings. 3 hours, 3 credits. Curriculum and instructional practices for use with childhood students with disabilities, including: curriculum standards; designing appropriate learning programs and environments; developing strategies for teaching content area skills; developing social skills programs; collaborative teaching techniques; and the use of informal checklists in the development of I.E.P. goals and objectives. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity on program planning and skill acquisition. Use of technology for instruction and for monitoring student progress will be incorporated throughout the course. (15 practicum teaching hours required.) PREREQ: EDS 701 or permission of the adviser.

EDS 741: Psycho-educational Evaluation of Children with Learning Problems. 3 hours, 3 credits. Theoretical bases of testing and techniques underlying psychoeducational evaluation of children with learning and behavior problems. Issues of standardized, informal, observational, computer-based, curriculum, and portfolio assessment will be addressed. Special attention will be placed on the impact of culture, language, and gender on testing. In a practicum setting, students will administer tests and score, interpret, and share results with parents, teachers, and other professionals. Issues of advocacy and self-advocacy will be addressed. (15 hours practicum teaching at the developmental level of study required.) PREREQ: EDS 701 or permission of the adviser.

Practicum (6 credits)

EDS 708: Practicum in Behavioral Assessment and Management of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities. 3 hours, 3 credits. Focusing on the use of formal and informal behavior assessment practices with culturally and linguistically diverse childhood students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms; the development of appropriate IEP goals in relation to behavioral assessment; the application of behavioral principles of classroom management to inclusive classrooms; and specific steps and data collection procedures to implement a behavior change process with childhood students with disabilities. (45 hours Supervised Practicum Teaching: Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6 required.) PREREQ: EDS 707; COREQ: EDS 743.

EDS 710: Practicum in Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings. 3 hours, 3 credits. Selection, adaptation, design, modification, and evaluation of curriculum and instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse childhood students with disabilities in inclusive settings. The development of I.E.P. goals, instructional objectives, and lesson plans in relation to the child's level of functioning and cultural and linguistic background; selection of appropriate instructional materials and technologies; whole class, small group, and individualized teaching; collaborative teaching; parent training; adaptive and social skills acquisition; and the evaluation of students and programs will be addressed. Course requires submission of a videotaped lesson for evaluation. (45 hours Supervised Practicum Teaching: Grades 3-4 and 4-5 required.) PREREQ: EDS 708; COREQ: EDS 709.

Last modified: 7/14/2014