Hunter’s graduate programs in the Department of Special Education prepare professionals to effectively support individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents and their families. Depending on the program, students are prepared to be special and general educators, early interventionists, applied behavior analysts, and/or gifted educators. These professionals work across a variety of settings, including schools, homes, clinics, hospitals, and the community, spanning the prenatal to adult age range. Special and gifted education programs at Hunter College have been nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children. The Applied Behavior Analysis program is in the process of applying for accreditation by the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
The School of Education offers master’s degree and advanced certificate programs in special education, applied behavior analysis, and gifted education that lead to New York State certification or licensure to practice within the particular program area. For a full list of programs please review the School of Education program listing.
The programs within the Department of Special Education are organized according to specialized professional areas of expertise. Some programs share core courses. Specializations provide in-depth preparation for working with individuals based on age, learning and developmental characteristics, and approach. Every program has the common goal of rigorously preparing professionals to effectively practice in ways so individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents and their families have the same opportunities as others to live, learn, and thrive in meeting their goals. A hallmark of Hunter’s programs is their linking of theory to effective practice.
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