Graduate Programs in Teacher Education
Dominican College offers five programs of study, offered via the College’s quarter system, leading to the Master of Science degree (M.S. in Ed.) and to eligibility for New York State certification:
Teacher of Students with Disabilities (SWD) (including additional credentialing for severe and multiple disabilities) (36-39 credits)
The teacher of Students with Disabilities program prepares students to work with learners who have various disabling conditions, including those who have multiple and severe disabilities. This program is offered through the weekend quarter schedule. Students are required to hold at least initial certification in another area prior to enrolling in the SWD program. Completion of the Students with Disabilities program qualifies students for dual certification in Students with Disabilities together with the student’s prior area of certification: Early Childhood, Childhood, Middle Childhood, or Adolescence (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Math, Physics, or Social Studies). Students who successfully complete the SWD program are recommended for certification as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities as well as the annotation/extension in Severe/Multiple Disabilities.
Teacher of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (TVI) (36 to 39 credits)
The program for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired prepares students to work with learners who have visual impairments or who are totally blind, including those with multiple and severe disabilities. This program is offered hybrid online; students meet on campus two Sundays per term and one week each during two summers. Students are required to hold initial certification in another area prior to enrolling in the VI program. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for certification as a Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired.
Childhood Education (CE) (33 credits)
The Childhood Education program prepares students to deliver research guided, evidence-based instruction to learners in grades 1-6; the program is offered through the College’s weekend quarter schedule and is designed for highly-motivated candidates who do not have a background in Education but who wish to prepare for teaching the challenging curriculum demands in grades 1 through 6. No prior certification is required for entrance into the program. Completion of the program leads to recommendation for initial certification as childhood educators in grades 1 through 6.
Educational Technology (ET) (36 credits)
The Educational Technology program offers state of the art instruction in the assessment, integration and use of educational technology and media production to enhance teacher performance in the classroom as well as to prepare those with certifications in other areas with educational skill technology integration. Additionally, coursework prepares teachers for leadership roles in educational technology integration in schools and districts. Students are required to hold at least initial certification in another area prior to enrolling in the ET program. Successful completion leads to recommendation for initial certification as an Educational Technology Specialist.
Dual Program—Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (CE/SWD) (45 credits)
The combined Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities program equips the newcomer to the field of education with the tools, skills, knowledge and resources for providing effective instruction to children in grades 1 through 6. The coursework provides career changers who do not have formal education in teaching with an opportunity to discover strategies for differentiating instruction for all learners, including those with special needs, in both general and special education environments. No prior certification is required for entrance into the CE/SWD program. Satisfactory completion of the program leads to recommendation for initial certification in both general and special childhood education.