Q: When are the classes?
A: A majority of our classes are offered on Saturdays and Sundays– perfect for working professionals. There are also limited class offerings during the week in the evenings.
Q: What are the average class sizes?
A: At Manhattan Center, you’ll have unusual access to your professors. No giant lecture halls here: our class sizes range from 8-20 students.
Q: What would a typical class schedule look like?
A: Classes run on an 8-week cycle basis. There are 2 cycles per semester. A typical student’s class schedule is shown below.
Intro to Special Education (3 credits), Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Technology & Instruction (3 credits), Sundays, 1:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Families, Cultures, & Learning (3 credits), Sundays, 9:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Current Topics in Special Education (3 credits), Sundays, 1:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Please refer to the Course Offerings section for more information.
Q: What are fieldwork hours? Do I need to find my own school placements?
A: Fieldwork hours are attached to several of the required classes in the School of Education. These hours are mandated by New York State and must be completed in order to obtain New York State Certification.
Full-time staff and advisers are available at the Manhattan Center to assist you in finding good practice schools to observe in. We are aware that many students work full-time and have other commitments during the regular school day. The School of Education will work with you to find a school that best works with your busy schedule.
Q: How long will it take me to complete a Master’s degree program?
A: It takes about 2½ years to complete all the coursework and student teaching for students taking a full load of courses each semester (12 credits). There are 4 semesters of coursework and 1 semester of student teaching.
Q: What is student teaching?
A: Student Teaching is a semester-long teaching experience. Students will be placed in a public school classroom within their certification area. This experience is similar to an unpaid internship. Students will be paired with a Mentor Teacher. Student Teaching will be organized by the Office of School and Community Partnerships in the School of Education.
Q: How long will it take to complete an Advanced Certificate or Extension program?
A: Post-graduate program can usually be completed in a year or less. Students must have a Master’s degree and be a certified teacher to enroll in these programs. Advanced Certificates and Extensions are also available for Speech Pathologists, School Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Pupil Services Personnel. Please contact the Manhattan Center Advisers for more information.
Q: What Advanced Certificate programs are available for people already certified?
A: We offer the following:
Q: When is the best time to contact an administrator for more information about programs?
A: The School of Education Office in Manhattan is open 7 days a week during the academic year. During the academic year, the offices are open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday and from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The Education Office is closed on the weekends during the summer.
Q: What are scholarships are available?
A: New York Department of Education (NYDOE) distributes a yearly scholarship for the Bilingual Childhood Special Education Master’s degree program. Please contact Christopher Church for more information.