Mar 01, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education: Severe and Multiple Disabilities Annotation Extension - Advanced Certificate

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Program Coordinator

Ellen Trief
911 West Building
(212) 772-4110


This post-master’s, advanced certificate program (Academic Plan: SPEDSMD-AC) is designed to prepare NYS certified teachers to serve as teachers of students with severe and multiple disabilities, including those with deafblindness, in educational programs from birth to grade 12. Graduates of this program will be eligible for NYS annotation extension certification in Severe and Multiple Disabilities.

Admission Requirements

  1. A master’s degree in Special Education with a GPA of at least 3.5 in the degree that led to certification.
  2. Initial, professional or permanent New York State certification in:
    • Early Childhood Special Education, Birth – Grade 2;
    • Students with Disabilities, Grades 1 – 6;
    • Students with Disabilities, Grades 7 - 12;
    • Blind and Visually Impaired;
    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing; or
    • Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities PreK-12.
  3. A personal statement that will be reviewed by a member of the department.

Progress Standards

  1. Minimum GPA for Retention - Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain at Hunter College. Students whose grades fall below this standard are required to raise their GPAs to at least 3.0 within one semester.
  2. No F in the first two semesters—students who receive a grade of F(WU) in any course in the first two semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program.
  3. Progress holds due to Incomplete Grades - Students with two or more INs will not be allowed to register for any courses.
  4. Key Course Performance Standards
    • Students must receive a grade of at least a B in certain key program courses. (to be determined by programs, labeled in CUNY First, and noted in the catalog)
    • Students who receive a grade of F/WU in certain key program courses may not continue in the program (to be determined by programs, labeled in CUNY First, and noted in the catalog).

Exit Requirements

  1. An overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. A grade of at least B in classes based upon fieldwork/clinical teaching.
  3. Completion of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.
  4. A valid and appropriate NYS certification.

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