The School of EducationOnline
The Department of Education Specialties in The School of Education at St. John’s University offers a 33-credit online program that qualifies students for New York State initial certification as a teacher of students with disabilities at the childhood level (Grades 1-6). The program places an emphasis on educational practices with documented effectiveness for teaching diverse learners and allows students the flexibility of attending class, accessing materials, and interacting with professors when most convenient for their schedule.
Our Special Education online program is unique in that it allows students to develop skills to teach exceptional students in schools, clinics, and early intervention settings. Students in the program are exposed to instructors, current researchers, and leaders in the field of special education, as well as instructors with many years of experience and expertise working directly with children in diverse, multi-cultural, and high-needs urban and suburban school settings.
This online program requires a completion of 150 hours of practicum in various settings, including self-contained, inclusive, and mainstreamed classrooms. Graduate students must have successfully completed all state mandated external exams, training modules, and teaching experiences.
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.
General Education, Childhood Core Courses (27 Credits)
Choose Two Electives (6 credits)
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:
Earn Your Degree OnlinePursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.
Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.
A Fully Academic ExperienceYou also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:
Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.