The School of EducationQueens Campus, Long Island Graduate Center
The Adolescent Education Master’s Degree Program at St. John’s University qualifies students for a full-time salaried teaching position in Grades 7-12. The program prepares teachers to develop a strong command of content and pedagogical knowledge, multicultural perspectives, and instructional skills appropriate in addressing the social, cultural and educational needs of their students. The courses are designed to foster the development of skills, attitudes, and abilities needed to identify and remediate learning and behavior disorders of students while incorporating the New York State Learning Standards, Common Core Standards and the Council of Exceptional Children Standards.
Individuals are provided with a range of teaching and learning experiences with an emphasis on relevant pedagogical methods and a broad knowledge of strategies for devising, implementing, and assessing learning experiences for exceptional learners.
The completion of the program qualifies students for New York State initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities provided students have successfully completed all New York State mandated external tests, training modules, workshops, and teaching experiences. Students are required to complete 33 credits in total.
Upon completion of the first half of the program (seven courses), meeting the liberal arts requirements as set by the Department of Education and successfully passing the New York State Teacher’s Certification Examinations, students may be eligible for internship certification by the State Education Department and fulltime employment in public and private schools within New York as a salaried employee.
Please note that the full degree cannot be taken at the Long Island Graduate Center and at least one course must be taken at our Queens campus.
Please see a list of our Education Specialties faculty.
Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information. For Master’s Program in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education
Financial assistance may be available to those that qualify.
Download the program planning sheet (PDF).
General Education Core Courses (9 Credits)
Special Education Core Courses (24 Credits)
Optional Courses To Obtain A Middle School Extension (6 Credits)
To Obtain Certification From Orton Gillingham
The program is designed to foster the ability of teachers to development of skills, attitudes, and abilities needed to identify and remediate major learning and behavior disorders, ranging from mild to profound, regardless of etiology. Attention is also paid to diagnosis, intervention, program planning and program evaluation.
The program prepares graduates to:
Demonstrate knowledge of human developmental processes and variations
Develop skills that facilitate the use of research in the broader context of special and inclusive education
Recognize and interpret the significance of developmental deviations manifested by individuals with disabilities through formal and informal methods of assessment:
Use the basic principles and strategies of the science of applied behavior analysis with students who have disabilities
Create and implement educational programs for children with disabilities
Assess and evaluate the development and implementation of effective strategies for children with learning and behavior challenges in the classroom setting
Interpret and apply standards of professional and state organizations:
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