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Dual Certificate, Literacy and Special Education, Birth-Grade 6

The dual certification program is designed for teachers who have already had an initial certification in elementary or childhood education. This 45-48 credit program will lead to professional certification in Literacy, Birth-Grade 6 and initial certification in teaching Students with Disabilities (SWD), Grades 1-6. The dual certification program will prepare qualified candidates to acquire knowledge, skills, expertise, and dispositions so that they can teach literacy skills to different type of learners, particularly develop the proficiencies in teaching literacy to Students with Disabilities.

Admissions Requirements

  • Initial or provisional certification in elementary or childhood education.
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • An essay delineating reasons for choosing this program and discussing career goals.

Degree and Certification Requirements

To qualify for the M.S. in Literacy Birth-6 and Special Education 1-6, students must complete 45-48 credits. Upon completion of the program and meeting all the certification requirements by the New York State Education Department, the students will be recommended for initial/professional certification: a) in Teaching Literacy Birth-grade 6 and b) in Special Education Grades 1-6.

Program of study

EDR 529: Language, Literacy, and Educational Technology. 3 credits

EDR 702: Language and Literacy Acquisition and Development in Children. 3 credits

EDR 712: Instructional Approaches for Language and Literacy Development

for the Diverse Learner in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. 3 credits

EDR 722: Assessing and Evaluating Language and Literacy Development

in Childhood and Early Childhood Education. 3 credits

EDR 752: Teaching Comprehensive Strategies in Literacy through

Children's Literature for the Diverse Learner in Early Childhood and

Childhood Education. 3 credits

EDR 731: Practicum in Fostering Language and Literacy Development

in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. 6 credits

EDE 743: Diagnosis of Difficulties in Learning Elementary School Mathematics. 3 credits

EDS 701: Understanding Individuals with Disabilities. 3 credits

EDS 709: Curriculum and Instructional Practices for Culturally and

Linguistically Diverse Childhood Students with Disabilities. 3 credits

EDS 741: Psycho-educational Evaluation of Children with Learning Problems. 3 credits

EDS 743: Behavioral assessment Management and Change. 3 credits

EDS 719: Student Teaching of Diverse Learners with Disabilities in Inclusive

and Specialized Settings. 6 credits

EDR 767: Project Seminar Research on Literacy I. 3 credits

EDR 768: Project Seminar Research on Literacy II. 3 credits

Last modified: 11/20/2014