School of Education

Special Education
Advanced Certificate

The field of Special Education demands teachers who are not only knowledgeable and skillful, but those who demonstrate great patience, caring, and, understanding. As the number of students requiring special education services increases, the need for special education teachers continues to grow. 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.

Within our dual and tri-certification programs, you’ll receive professional certification in Special Education and professional certification and a 36-39 credit Master of Science degree in one of the following areas:
  • Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2 and Students with Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2 and Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities (tri-certification program)
  • Childhood Education, Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities
  • Adolescent Education, Grades 7-12, and Students with Disabilities
Professional certification requires an initial certificate and three years of teaching experience.

For candidates who are already certified teachers and possess a Master of Science degree, special education certification through our advanced certificate program is also available. Candidates may apply as non-degree teacher certification students and receive an extension to their certification in the area of special education.

Career Opportunities

Graduates earning special education professional certification may obtain special education teaching positions in the grade level and area of certification that they received their Master of Science in. For adolescent education, graduates may obtain a special education teaching position in a particular subject area given completion of content area credits. Additionally, graduates with special education professional certification at both the elementary and secondary levels can function as co-teachers in inclusion classrooms, resource room teachers, and special education consultant teachers.


Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown, and online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get certified in Teaching Students with Disabilities?
Yes, in the following programs: Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Adolescence Education, 7-12. You can also get certified in special education as an extension to your already existing certification.
How can I apply to the special education program?
Candidates must enroll in one of our 36-39 credit Master of Science degree programs and can receive special education certification within our dual or tri-certification programs. To apply online, click here
What education programs do you offer?
The School of Education offers a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in one of the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 2; Childhood Education, Grades 1-6; Middle Childhood Education, Grades 5-9; Adolescence Education, 7-12; Teaching Literacy, Birth-Grade 12; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Bilingual Education; Bilingual Extension to a Teaching Certificate; School Building Leadership; Advanced Certificate in School Building Leadership.
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Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry Campus
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Bronx Campus Bronx Campus
1200 Waters Place
Bronx, NY 10461
Manhattan Campus Manhattan
66 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
Yorktown Campus Yorktown
2651 Strang Boulevard
Yorktown Heights, New York 10598
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