Students With Disabilities (SWD)

Certified teachers, who seek an additional certification in Students with Disabilities (SWD) at the same developmental level, can take one course under each of the four competency areas, for a total of 12 semester hours, to satisfy the requirement under additional pedagogy.

• Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation

SPED 6060: Psychoeducational Assessment Practices and IEP Development and Implementation*

• Curriculum Instruction

EDUC 6015: Exceptionalities: Individualized Learning*

• Foundations of Special Education

SPED 6005: Introduction to History of Special Education Law*

• Managing Environment

SPED 6045: Behavior Management and Intervention*


Individuals pursuing this additional certificate will apply on their own to the State Education Department, must pass the Content Specialty Test for Students with Disabilities, must pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) - Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7 - Grade 12), as well as complete the three-hour Autism workshop. ELT is an approved provider for the mandated three-hour Autism workshop. Register for an upcoming Autism seminar.

Please visit the New York State Education Department’s website to ensure that these courses fulfill your individual certification requirements.

Please contact the Office of Teaching Initiatives if you need clarification of your individual certification needs. Beyond the courses listed above, NYSUT cannot advise you as to which courses you should take to fulfill your specific certification requirements.

Effective 12/31/13, individuals pursing additional certificates are required to complete six clock hours of coursework or training in the Dignity Act in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. This training is available from the Education & Learning Trust.

Select NYSUT Education & Learning Trust (ELT) courses are approved by the New York State Education Dept. Office of Teaching Initiatives, as fulfilling certification requirements for specific certification titles. Students must take courses for graduate credit for certification requirements.

NYSUT Education & Learning Trust strongly recommends that individuals seeking to fulfill specific certification competency areas consult the State Education Department’s Certification Office at when selecting courses to fulfill certification requirements.

All individuals pursuing their first teaching certificate should complete a registered program at an accredited university or college.

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