Taking courses for 30 and above (30+) at the School of Education

Once you obtain your master’s degree in Education, you have a couple of options. There are Post-Master’s Advanced Certificates (issued by CSI) and Additional Certificates (issued by the NYSED). For the Additional Certificate(s), it is your responsibility to apply to the state; we offer courses that satisfy the requirements by the state to obtain these certificates.

Advanced Certificates (You need to apply for each program at CSI)

  • Special Education Childhood/Adolescence Education Advanced Certificate
    Special Education, especially in Grades 7-12 is one of the high-need areas. Obtaining the Special Education Advanced Certificate will make you very marketable; many schools strongly encourage educators to earn the Advanced Certificate rather than the Additional Certificate in Students with Disabilities. The only yet significant difference between the two certificates is that the Special Education Advanced Certificate at CSI requires the practicum in Special Education (4 credits) in addition to the four courses required for the Additional Certificate.
    For more information, see:

    Special Education Childhood Education (Advanced Certificate)
    Special Education Adolescence Education (Advanced Certificate)

     
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Advanced Certificate
    TESOL is another high-need area in Education. Obtaining TESOL certificate along with Special Education should make you very marketable. If you are in Special Education Childhood/Adolescence Generalist program (Sequence 1) and interested in obtaining the TESOL Advanced Certificate once you complete your master’s, take EDP 675 as your elective course. TESOL program offers two options: regular (though many TESOL courses are offered online and/or hybrid format) and fully online.
    For more information, see:

    Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Post Master's Advanced Certificate)

     
  • Bilingual Extension Certificate
    If you will be obtaining the TESOL Master’s or Advanced Certificate, and you are bilingual, Bilingual Extension would be a nice addition. Among five courses required for this Certificate, three overlaps with the TESOL Master’s/Advanced Certificate program. In other words, you only need two more courses to obtain this certificate in addition to the TESOL Master’s/Advanced certificate.
    For more information, see:

    Bilingual Extension Certification (Advanced Certificate)

     
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Certificate
    To obtain this certificate, you need to take EDP 701-704 (preferably in sequence) and earn B or above for all courses. If you are in Special Education Childhood/Adolescence Generalist program (Sequence 1), you can take one of the required courses (preferably EDP 701) as one of your electives toward your master’s degree. The other three courses will be counted toward your 30+ once you obtain the master’s degree. EDP 701 and 702 are offered every fall semester, and EDP 703 and 704 are offered every spring.
    For more information, see:

    Autism Spectrum Disorders (Advanced Certificate)

     
  • Leadership Certificate (School Building & School District)
    If you are interested in becoming a school administrator (e.g., Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent), you will need this certificate. At CSI, you will be able to earn the certificate in both School Building and School District level (You must pass the NYS Certification Tests in order to obtain the Certificate). To apply for this program, you need at least four years of teaching experience. Most courses in this program meet on weekends and in summer.
    For more information, see:

    Leadership in Education (Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate)

Additional Certificates (You need to apply to the state yourself for these certificates)

To search Certification Requirements in NYS, go to:

 

If your master’s degree is not in Special Education

Although it is highly recommended to obtain the Special Education Advanced Certificate rather than the additional certificate, you can obtain the Additional Certificate in Students with Disabilities.

Requirements:

  • Four classes in Students with Disabilities (areas below are taken from the NYSED website)

    1. Foundations of Special Education - Students with Disabilities (EDP 612)
    2. Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities (EDP 626)
    3. Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities (Choose one: EDP 621, 624, 645, 646, 647, or 680)
    4. Managing the Environment for Students with Disabilities (EDP 622)

  • Content Specialty Test (CST): Students with Disabilities
  • For additional requirements (workshops etc.) and details, see the NYSED website above.

 

If your master’s degree is in Special Education

Additional Certificate in Students with Disabilities (Birth- Grade 2)

This certificate applies to students in Special Education Childhood program. (If your undergraduate is in Early Childhood, you should be able to apply once you obtain your master’s in Special Education and the certificate in Special Education Childhood. Thus, you don’t need to satisfy the following requirements)

Requirements:

  • TWO EDC classes: EDC 600 (offered in fall) AND EDC 601 (offered in summer). The requirement used to be one course, but the NYSED has changed it; so now you need to take both courses.
  • Content Specialty Test (CST): Multi-Subject (Birth - Grade 2)
  • For additional requirements (workshops etc.) and details, see the NYSED website above.

Additional Certificate in Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

This certificate applies to students in Special Education Childhood program.

Requirements:

  • Two classes in Adolescence development (Check with NYSED website for requirements, as they keep changing)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST): Multi-Subject (Grades 7-12)
  • For additional requirements (workshops etc.) and details, see the NYSED website above.

Additional Certificate in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

This certificate applies to students in Special Education Adolescence Generalist program.

Requirements:

  • Two classes in Childhood development (Check with NYSED website for requirements, as they keep changing)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST): Multi-Subject (Grades 1-6)
  • For additional requirements (workshops etc.) and details, see the NYSED website above.