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School of Education to Offer Advanced Certificate in Special Education: Childhood (Grades 1-6)

The School of Education recently received approval from the New York State Education Department to offer a modified program leading to an Advanced Certificate for Special Education: Childhood (Grades 1-6).

The 17-credit certificate program consists of five courses plus a three-credit student teaching experience that takes place in the summer.

Developed by Professor Vance Austin, Chair of the Department of Special Education, the advanced certificate program aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of instructing and assessing students with learning and behavior problems.

"Certification in special education strengthens teachers' ability to succeed in inclusive classrooms and helps new teachers with their employment marketability. We are pleased that we now have state approval to offer an advanced certification program in special education for elementary education/childhood teachers with fewer credits required," states Shelley B. Wepner, Dean of the School of Education.

To be eligible for matriculation into the program, students need to have a master's degree in a functionally related area and evidence of prior certification in Elementary or Childhood Education.

Manhattanville will begin offering this revised certificate program in Summer 2012.

Contact Jeanine Pardey-Levine at,Director of Graduate Admissions for School of Education for additional information.