Students with Disabilities (Special Education)

  1. Why can’t I apply for the Special Education K-12 certificate?

  2. Is there a Students with Disabilities K-12 certificate?

  3. If I completed a Special Education program in another state, or possess a Special Education certificate in another state, can I apply for any Students with Disabilities certificate?

  4. I have a Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – generalist, Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate.  Since that certificate is no longer offered, am I still certified?

  5. I applied for a Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Generalist, Student with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate, but have not met the requirements.  Is my application still valid?

  6. Can I still apply for the Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Generalist, Student with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate?

  7. What classes can I teach if I hold a Students with Disabilities - 7-12 – Generalist certificate?

  8. What classes can I teach if I hold a Students with Disabilities – 7-12 – Generalist certificate and a Subject Matter Extension certificate?

  9. Do I need a content certificate to work in a single subject classroom?

  1. Why can’t I apply for the Special Education K-12 certificate?

    The all-grades Special Education K-12 certificate is no longer available to individuals who do not already hold a Special Education certificate. Regulations enacted in 2004, replaced this title with the Students with Disabilities grade-level series of titles.  Currently, the Special Education K-12 certificate is only available to applicants who possess a provisional Special Education K-12 certificate that was issued prior to February 1, 2004.   Applicants who do not possess a valid provisional certificate in this subject can only apply for Students with Disabilities certificates. top

  2. Is there a Students with Disabilities K-12 certificate?

    No.  The Students with Disabilities certificates currently available are:
    • Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2)
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
    • Students with Disabilities - Grades 7-12 – generalist top

  3. If I completed a Special Education program in another state, or possess a Special Education certificate in another state, can I apply for any Students with Disabilities certificate?

    If you meet the requirements for a certificate through interstate reciprocity, and:
    • Completed a K-12 special education program, you will be eligible for every Students with Disabilities certificate.
    • Completed a grade-specific special education program, you will only be eligible for a Students with Disabilities certificate in those grade-levels.
    • You did so through experience under an acceptable out-of-state teaching certificate, you will only be eligible for a certificate at the same grade-level as your experience.  For example; if you completed three years as a third grade special education teacher, under an acceptable K-12 special education certificate in another state, you would only be eligible for the Student with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) certificate through reciprocity. top

  4. I have a Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – generalist, Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate.  Since that certificate is no longer offered, am I still certified?

    Yes.  While those certificates are no longer offered, you can still use them to teach at the level and in the subject matter for which you hold certification.
    If you possess an Initial certificate in one of these subjects, you will still be eligible to apply for the Professional certificate in the future. top

  5. I applied for a Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Generalist, Student with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate, but have not met the requirements.  Is my application still valid?

    If you applied for the following certificates, prior to September 1, 2011 and you have not met the requirements for the certificate, you have until September 1, 2014 to complete the requirements.
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Generalist
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Biology
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Chemistry
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Earth Science
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Physics
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – English Language Arts
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Mathematics
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Social Studies
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Biology
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Chemistry
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Earth Science
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Physics
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – English Language Arts
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Mathematics
    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) – Social Studies top

  6. Can I still apply for the Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) – Generalist, Student with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject certificate, or Students with Disabilities 7-12 Academic Subject certificate?

    Students currently enrolled in an approved Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) - generalist program, Students with Disabilities (Grades 5-9) Academic Subject, program or Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12) Academic Subject program at a New York State College or University will be able to apply for certification upon completion of their program.  Your college will assist you with the application process.

    All other applicants can no longer apply for the Students with Disabilities certificate. top

  7. What classes can I teach if I hold a Students with Disabilities - 7-12 – Generalist certificate?

    You can work in the following capacities:
    • Resource Room Teacher
    • Consultant Teacher
    • Integrated Co-Teaching Services
    • A Class where students receive “alternative assessments”

    For more information go to the Special Education Certificate Titles and Teaching Assignment Chart pdf (45.5 kb) . top

  8. What classes can I teach if I hold a Students with Disabilities – 7-12 – Generalist certificate and a Subject Matter Extension certificate?

    You can work in the following capacities:
    • Resource Room Teacher
    • Consultant Teacher
    • Integrated Co-Teaching Services
    • A Class where students receive “alternative assessments”
    • Special Class Teacher in the subject of the extension (self-contained classroom)*

      *Requires collaboration with a certified general education content specialist weekly, and co-teaching with a certified general education content specialist monthly.
      For more information go to the Special Education Certificate Titles and Teaching Assignment Chart pdf (45.5 kb). top

  9. Do I need a content certificate to work in a single subject classroom?

    Yes.  To work in a single subject classroom (e.g., Social Studies 7-12, Mathematics 5-9), you must possess a certificate in that subject.   Subject Matter Extension certificates can not be used to satisfy this requirement.
    For more information go to the Special Education Certificate Titles and Teaching Assignment Chart pdf (45.5 kb). top
Last Updated: February 1, 2012