Overview of Special Education Programs

The Bank Street approach to teaching students with disabilities is based on the premise that all children have the same needs: joy and excitement in learning, rich curricula, opportunities for individual and cooperative learning, and a supportive school environment. Teachers in all classrooms benefit from a deeper understanding of how to identify learning differences and how to present lessons in ways that allow all children access to understanding what is being taught.

Graduate students learn to meet the needs of typically and atypically developing learners by building on students' strengths and interests while addressing areas of weakness.

The Special Education programs prepare individuals to work effectively in general education, inclusion, and special education settings with students with disabilities, especially learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and emotional disorders.

Dual Certification Special & General Education Degree Programs

New York State requires that individuals certified in teaching students with disabilities be certified in both special and general education. Candidates with no prior certification will need to apply to our dual certification programs:

Single Certification Special Education Degree Programs

New York State requires that individuals certified in teaching students with disabilities be certified in both special and general education. If you already have certification in general education (or are close to receiving your certification), apply for one of our single certification programs in special education:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (birth through grade 2)

    Early Childhood Special Education is designed for individuals who currently hold initial New York State certification in general education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level. You will develop the understanding and skill to work with children who are developing typically and atypically.

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    In order to enroll in this program, you must have a valid New York State certificate in general education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

  • Childhood Special Education (grades 1 through 6)

    Childhood Special Education is designed for individuals who currently hold initial New York State certification in general education at the childhood or elementary school level, and who seek initial and professional certification in teaching students with disabilities.

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    In order to enroll in this program, you must have a valid New York State certificate in general education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

  • Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education (birth through grade 2)

    The Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program provides students with specialized expertise in early development, preparing them to take on diverse roles in this exciting, rewarding, and dynamic field. Specialization is working with children up to the age of 3 and their families.

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    In order to enroll in this program, you must have a valid New York State certificate in general education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

Dual Degree Programs with Hunter

If you are interested in earning a dual degree in social work and in education, explore:

Additional Programs

Interested in general education? Learn more about our General Teacher Education programs.

Individuals who are fluent in Spanish and English may want to explore our Dual Language / Bilingual programs.