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The UFT Course Program offers certificate programs from Brooklyn College, The College of Mount St. Vincent, New York Institute of Technology and St. Francis College. These programs will not lead to NYS initial certification.

Before choosing a program, we advise you to consult with our certification office at 212-420-1830 or with an educational liaison at your UFT borough office to make sure it meets your needs.


BROOKLYN COLLEGE

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES EXTENSION CERTIFICATE (12 credits)

The UFT in collaboration with Brooklyn College offers Certified Teachers the opportunity to apply to NYSED for additional Certification in teaching Students with Disabilities. This package consists of the four course criteria required by NYSED to apply for Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities through: Pathway: Individual Evaluation for Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate. Teachers should consult the NYSED website for additional individual requirements and deadlines.

Courses in this certificate program

  • CBSE 7674T Students with Special Needs
    (formerly ED 750.1T)
  • CBSE 7676T Learning Environments for Students with Special Needs
    (formerly ED 750.3T)
  • CBSE 7677T Curriculum Modifications for Teaching Students with Special Needs
    (formerly ED 750.4T)
  • CBSE 7678T Education Assessment of Young Children and Students with Special Needs
    (formerly ED 750.5T)

For further information regarding this certificate program, call Nancy Tinevra at Brooklyn College at 718-951-5448. For registration information only, contact a UFT Course Program assistant at 212-475-3737.NOTE: Brooklyn College tuition is subject to change.


MERCY COLLEGE

BILINGUAL EXTENSION ADVANCED CERTIFICATE (15-18 Credits)

The NYSUT/Education and Learning Trust, in collaboration with Mercy College offers a program to prepare students for a Bilingual Extension Advanced Certificate. Only those participants holding an initial teaching certification and a master’s degree are eligible for this program which may lead to professional certification depending on your credentials. Participants must also complete field experiences at the appropriate grade level of the certificate and achieve a passing score on the Bilingual Evaluation Assessment (BEA) exam to be eligible for certification.

If you have questions or need further advisement, please call Allison Gurdineer at (914) 674-7601. For more information about Mercy College admissions, please visit the college's website.

Required bilingual extension courses

  • EDUC 505 Teaching English as a Second Language*
  • EDUC 508 Theory and Practice in Bilingual Education
  • EDUC 509 Linguistics and Language Development
  • EDUC 602 Native Language Arts and Social Studies in Bilingual Education*
  • EDUC 604 Mathematics and Science in Bilingual Education*

*courses offered on campus onlyA total of 50 hours of field experience in a bilingual setting is required in EDUC 602 (25 hours) and EDUC 604 (25 hours).


BROOKLYN COLLEGE

GIFTED EDUCATION EXTENSION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM – 12 CREDITS

Brooklyn College’s School of Education is offering NYC teachers the opportunity to prepare for the New York State Gifted Education Extension Certificate. This four-course, 12-credit program prepares teachers for the Gifted Certification Extension after completion of the program and successful passing of the New York State examination. Teachers must hold permanent or professional certification and must take the Gifted and Talented Content Specialty Test (CST). Brooklyn College will nominate successful candidates who meet all requirements to the Department of Education for the Gifted and Talented Extension Certificate.

Courses MUST be taken in sequence as listed below:

  • CBSE 7668T Students with Special Needs: Gifted Education
    (formerly ED 725.1T)
  • CBSE 7669T Assessment of Diverse Gifted and Talented Students
    (formerly ED 725.2T)
  • CBSE 7670T Curriculum Modifications for Young Children with Special Needs
    (formerly ED 725.3T Curriculum Design for Diverse Gifted and Talented Students)
  • CBSE 7667T Education of Diverse Gifted Children and Youth
    (formerly ED 725T)

For more information regarding the program, call Nancy Tinevra at Brooklyn College at 1-718-951-5448. For registration information only, call a UFT Course Program assistant at 1-212-475-3737.NOTE: Brooklyn College tuition is subject to change.


NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

STUDENT BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (15 credits)

The 15-credit Student Behavior Management Certificate may be applied toward a Master of Science in School Counseling (Guidance) for students who apply and are accepted.

Student Behavior Management Certificate offers

  • A 15-credit experience focused on student behavior and learning
  • Integrated fieldwork that links theory with practice
  • Opportunities to develop important technology skills

Required courses in this certificate program

  • EDCO 600 Introduction to School Counseling
  • EDCO 601 Human Development
  • EDCO 650 Social Justice, Diversity and Cultural Issues
  • EDCO 655 Contemporary Issues/Practices in Education and School Counseling
  • EDCO 725 School Violence and Student Behavior Management

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION

Matriculation is required for both the Behavior Management Certificate and the master’s degree program, upon completion of 6 graduate credits.

For an application to the graduate program, call 646-273-6057.For further information regarding both of these programs and NYIT’s informational sessions, call 516-686-7777 or 212-261-1529.


NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

CERTIFICATE IN TEACHING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS (15 credits)

The UFT Course Program, in collaboration with New York Institute of Technology, is offering a 15-credit certificate in Teaching 21st Century Skills. This program is designed to prepare K-16 teachers to use technology in interdisciplinary teaching, employing authentic project-based curriculum and instruction. Taught by an instructional technology practitioner faculty, the courses are designed to address 21st century skills and are offered in a variety of formats: online, virtual, video conference, in-person symposia and professional conferences. Candidates must hold a BA or BS degree and a NYS teaching certificate to participate.

Highlights of the certificate

  • Only New York higher education institution providing Intel® curriculum graduate courses
  • Web 2.0 and 3.0 applied in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (STEM)
  • Collaboration and collegial knowledge exchange in Web-based and virtual-learning environments
  • Opportunity to become proficient in the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Professional development for leadership in PreK-16 STEM interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Experience with curriculum development based on Understanding by Design
  • Innovative strategies for project-based learning and critical thinking

Recommended course sequence

  1. EDIT 701 Intel® Essentials: Contemporary Issues
  2. EDIT 702 Intel® Thinking and Communication
  3. EDMA 625 Mathematics, Science and Technology I (math focus)*
  4. EDSC 626 Mathematics, Science and Technology II (science focus)*
  5. EDIT 605 Instructional Applications of the Internet*

* Credits may be applied to the master’s degree in Instructional Technology (MSIT). See program details here.For general information regarding the certificate program or master’s degree, call NYIT at 212-261-1529.


NYSUT COLLEGE PARTNERS

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES EXTENSION CERTIFICATE (12 credits)

Certified teachers who seek an additional certification in Students with Disabilities at the same developmental level can fulfill certification requirements by taking four courses through the NYSUT/Education & Learning Trust. Those pursuing this certificate must apply on their own to the NYS Education Department. They must also pass the Content Specialty Test for Students with Disabilities, the multi-subject Content Specialty Test in the specific developmental level needed, and attend the mandated training in meeting the needs of children with autism and in some cases the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) workshop.

Required courses in the four NYSED competency areas

  • EDUC 503M* Methods and Materials in Teaching Students with Disabilities
    Mercy College (Competency area: Managing the Environment)
  • EDUC 516* Curricular Assessment and Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities
    Mercy College (Competency area: Assessment, Diagnosis and Evaluation)
  • ENY 729* Inclusion: Education for All
    Adelphi University (Competency area: Foundations of Special Education)
  • SED 661 Cooperative Learning for Students with Disabilities
    The College of St. Rose (Competency area: Curriculum and Instruction)

* online


MERCY COLLEGE

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES EXTENSION CERTIFICATE (12 credits)

Students who possess a BA or BS degree and an appropriate teaching certificate may apply to the NYS Education Department for a Student with Disabilities extension certificate upon successful completion of the required course work and satisfaction of all other NYSED requirements. For further information, contact Mercy College or the NYSED.

Required core courses

  • EDUC 502 Foundations in Education for Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 531 Methods and Materials in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Birth-Grade 6 (ONLY)
  • EDUC 532 Methods and Materials in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12 (ONLY)
  • EDUC 546 Educational Assessment for Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 548 Principles and Strategies of Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities*

*available on campus only