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What will I learn?

These programs are designed for individuals who do not already hold New York State initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities. The early childhood and childhood programs lead to dual certification. All programs prepare pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, the programs foster the acquisition of the broad-based knowledge and skills needed to provide effective educational programs for students with the full range of learning and behavior characteristics.

In addition, the programs provide specialized preparation in working with individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder at specific age levels. This is accomplished through required coursework in general education content areas and psychology as well as a special education core including coursework and a variety of fieldwork experiences. The programs are fully aligned with the New York State Learning Standards.

This MA program is restricted to students who have been admitted to the Peace Corps Fellows Program and requires participation in the pre-service summer component and other activities associated with that program. The program leads to NYS transitional-B certification at the childhood (grades 1-6) level. This 36-point program typically requires two years to complete.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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