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Teaching a student with disabilities.

Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood Overview

Teaching students with disabilities can be one of the most rewarding fields in education and there is no better place to begin your journey than Mercy College.

The program leads either to initial or professional certification in two areas in special education: birth through grade two and grades one through six. Professional certification requires an initial certificate and three years of classroom teaching experience. Courses focus intensely on the needs of the student with special needs.

Career Opportunities

The 42-credit Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood prepares graduates to become teachers in special education settings, birth through grade six.

Admission Requirements

*Please note, New York State requires that all students applying to graduate Schools of Education must take an admission test. Mercy College requires that students take the GRE or Praxis unless applying for the non-certification (Educational Studies) option. 

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Kathy-Anne Jordan
Kathy-Anne Jordan Associate Professor
Special Education
kjordan3@mercy.edu
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Christine Lang Associate Professor
Special Education
CLang@mercy.edu
Dr. Susan Mariano Lapidus
Susan Lapidus Associate Professor
Special Education
slapidus@mercy.edu
Dr. Sudha Ramaswamy
Sudha Ramaswamy Associate Professor
Special Education

Chair, Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership
SRamaswamy@mercy.edu
Dr. Ilene Rothschild
Ilene Rothschild Associate Professor
Special Education
IRothschild@mercy.edu
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Roseanne Vallice Levy Assistant Professor
Special Education

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Education
rlevy6@mercy.edu

Part-Time Faculty

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Dara Joseph Adjunct Instructor
Special Education
djoseph@mercy.edu
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Scott Staub Adjunct Instructor
Special Education
sstaub@mercy.edu
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Sean Turner Adjunct Professor
Special Education
sturner4@mercy.edu
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Anna Winneker Adjunct Instructor
Special Education
awinneker@mercy.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this qualify me to be a special education teacher in an inclusive setting?

Yes, if the inclusive setting is birth through grade 6.

What other requirements are there for certification, besides the coursework and the certification tests?

You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state for certification.

Will this qualify me to be a special education teacher in a special class setting?

Yes, if the special class setting is birth through grade 6.

Will this qualify me to be a general education teacher?

No, it will not.

What other requirements are there for certification, besides the coursework and the certification tests?

You must be fingerprinted, take three workshops (DASA, Child Abuse and Violence Prevention), and apply to the state for certification.

Are there some frequently used links I might need during the application process?

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum

Required Courses: 42 Credits Total

  • EDUC 500 Edu Fnd Diverse Perspectives
  • EDUC 502 Fndtns Educ Sdnts w/Dsblts
  • EDUC 522 Lang Develop & Lit Acquisition
  • EDUC 529 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • EDUC 531 Tchng Stdnts with Dsblts B-6
  • EDUC 534 Differentiated Instructional Methods and Materials
  • EDUC 546 Educ Assesmnt SWD
  • EDUC 548 Prin/Strat Clsrm Mgt for SWD
  • EDUC 617 Literacy Instruct Brth-Grade 6
  • EDUC 641 Autism
  • EDUC 657 Collaboration and Consultation for Students with Special Needs
  • EDUC 674 Assitv/Lrn Tech Std Dis/Sp Nds
  • EDUC 709 Student Teaching Experience* or 713 Seminar in Teaching*

*Capstone/Clinical

Effective Educator Statement

Students must submit an Effective Educator Statement to complete their application. You can download requirements here. 

Please submit the completed statement to your application portal