Jun 22, 2024  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
Mercy College 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching Students with Disabilities in Early Childhood and Childhood, M.S.


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Sudha Ramaswamy, Ph.D., Chair
Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership
914-674-3058
sramaswamy@mercy.edu

Rose Rudnitski, Ed.D., Program Director
Department of Special Education and Educational Leadership
914-674-7447
rrudnitski@mercy.edu

 

Total Credits: 42


Coursework to Self-Certify in Students with Disabilities


Candidates with Initial Certification in Early Childhood, Childhood, or Adolescence Education candidates who already hold an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education or in an Adolescence subject area, may complete the 12 credits of coursework necessary for Students with Disabilities certification, pass the Student with Disabilities Content Specialty Test, complete workshops in Autism and in the Dignity for All Students (DASA), and self-certify for certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities to the New York State Education Department.

Course Requirements for Pursuing Students with Disabilities Certification:

Coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis


Candidates will complete coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis, a science-based approach to analyzing teaching and learning. The coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis at Mercy College provides the appropriate number of coursework hours required to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) based upon the 5th Edition Task List of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board(BACB). To become eligible for certification in Applied Behavior Analysis, the BACB requires that candidates earn the appropriate number of coursework hours, participate in a mentored or supervised experience with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and achieve a passing score on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Exam. Thus, the coursework at Mercy College fulfills partial requirements towards certification and candidates are required to make their own arrangements for the remaining requirements to be eligible for Board Certification.

 

Post-Master’s Coursework
The coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis will permit qualified applicants with a master’s degree to complete the required coursework hours to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Although this coursework does not lead to teacher certification or state licensure, with the addition of the appropriate internship hours, it may meet the requirements for licensing offered by the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions. Applicants must possess a minimum of a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral) in an acceptable field of study from a qualifying accredited institution. Acceptable fields of study are behavior analysis, education, or psychology. Candidates must enroll in course sections that are designated as BCBA and are taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Additional Information to become a Board Certified as a Behavior Analyst is available from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at http://www.bacb.com

Course Requirements: 

Total Credits: 21


Professional Licensure


If you are interested in obtaining professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice. For additional information and detailed requirements, please refer to the specific program of interest on the “School Resources” section of the Mercy College NC-Sara webpage.

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