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Advanced Certificate in Adolescence Special Education Offers New Career Options for Teachers


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
LIU Brentwood,
Long Island University

A new advanced certificate in adolescent special education offered by the College of Education, Information and Technology at Long Island University’s LIU Post (Brookville, N.Y.) and LIU Brentwood (Brentwood, N.Y.) campuses will provide certified teachers with the opportunity to serve middle and high school students with learning disabilities.

The 15-credit program, titled “Students with Disabilities - Generalist (7-12),” will enable educators to obtain New York State certification as a Secondary Special Education Content Area Specialist, a highly desirable certification that meets the growing need for trained professionals in both inclusive and exclusive settings.

Graduates of the program will gain the knowledge, competency and skills to work in a variety of academic positions in and out of the classroom including resource rooms and home programs.

Critical topics addressed in the program include research trends and methodology, technology (assistive and instructional), behavioral approaches, instructional modifications, the New York State learning standards, and collaborative strategies. In addition to intensive on-campus sessions, students also participate in a practicum to give them valuable on-site experience. Faculty members are seasoned educators with a broad range of experience in working with students with disabilities in academic and clinical settings and are committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to provide a quality education to their own students.

The 15-credit program – which is offered at LIU Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville and LIU Brentwood, 100 Second Avenue, Brentwood – comprises five courses: “Introduction to the Study of Exceptional Students, K-12,” “Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Level,” “Instruction and Classroom Management for Students with Emotional Behavior Problems,” “Accommodating Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings,” and  “Supervised Practicum in Special Education at the Secondary Level.”

Admissions applications are being accepted now. To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Louisa Kramer Vida, chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy, at or 516-299-2245 or the LIU Brentwood Admissions Office at 631-273-5112.

Posted 02/19/2013

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