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Special Education

New Program

The School of Education received approval from the NYSED to offer a program leading to an Advanced Certificate for Special Education: Childhood (Grades 1-6).


The Special Education program has received national recognition from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The Department of Special Education offers a wide range of programs leading to New York State Certification under the category of Teacher of Special Education. This certification area prepares our students to teach individuals with learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and autistic spectrum disorders. The department also offers a program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) which, upon completion, makes the student eligible to take the certification examination in ABA.

Autism20WalkThe department maintains the philosophy that all children be taught in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and whenever possible, the appropriate environment should be an inclusive setting. The special education department recognizes the necessity of multidisciplinary intervention in order to facilitate positive outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities since our teacher-candidates are prepared to become members of an effective and integrated professional team.

Teacher candidates possess the knowledge and skills appropriate to their profession by an integrated mix of academics and field experiences with a diverse population of individuals with special needs.

Benchmarks in Special Education

After completing a series of 12-18 credits in developmentally sequenced special education courses, all students will take a comprehensive examination.

During the last semester of coursework prior to beginning student teaching, teacher-candidates will enroll in Research Seminar in Special Education and Literacy. Students will develop an understanding of the ethics and precautions to be taken in assuring the rights of vulnerable subjects as well as complete a project involving either the development of a grant or the performance of action research. The final project or culminating experience encourages the teacher-candidate to build upon their quest to become life-long learners, one of the hallmarks of to maintaining professional skills and part of Manhattanville College's Conceptual Framework.

Mary K. Humphreys Endowed Scholarship in Special Education

Mary K. Humphreys was an exceptional individual who left great success in the business world to become a classroom teacher. She had a special love for working with children with special needs. After her untimely death, the family of Mary K. Humphreys established a scholarship for advanced students in special education who exemplified her devotion to working with children who needed someone to go the extra mile. This scholarship will help support course tuition for students who are entering the student teaching phase of the masters degree.