Special Education Certification

Clark Hall

The Hartwick College Teacher Education Program is designed to train confident, reflective, knowledgeable, caring teachers who aspire to become educational leaders.

The program is approved by the New York State Education Department to include special education certification.


Where degrees in special education can take you.

Special education students continue to major in an academic area while working to complete all of the necessary courses for the special education certification. Students will have the option to pursue dual certification in Childhood (1-6) or a Students with Disabilities Generalist (7-12) certificate.

Certificates leading to teaching students with special needs:

  • Dual Childhood/Special Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Students with Disabilities Generalist Certificate (Grades 7-12)

A closer look.

Hartwick’s Teacher Education Program is committed to providing its students with a broad-based education in the liberal arts. Students enrolled in the program do not major in education; rather, Hartwick’s teachers-in-training major in a content-specific subject area, such as biology, political science, history, or English.


Beyond the basic.

Students who complete the dual certification program in Childhood or Students with Disabilities Generalist programs are prepared to effectively teach any child in New York State. The Teacher Education Program offers students multiple opportunities to work with children and teens in local schools beginning in the first year offering many opportunities for positive interactions with students and teachers which will reinforce your love of teaching.


Putting special education to work.

Hartwick alumni teach in:

  • Upstate New York
  • New York City
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Vermont, and many other states

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Columbia University
  • College of St. Rose
  • Fordham University
  • Boston College

Meet the education faculty.

Hartwick’s expert education faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Elizabeth Bloom
Associate Professor and Chair of Education Department
Ed.D., Binghamton University
Areas of expertise:
sociological foundations of education; educational psychology; social studies education.
Jennifer Brislin
Coordinator of Student Teaching & Field Experience
Areas of expertise:
Certification Officer, NYS teacher certification procedures and requirements, student teaching and field placement, Public School Liaison, departmental requirements and records
Michelle L. Damiani
Assistant Professor of Education
Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University
Areas of expertise:
inclusive education, special education, teaching methods for diverse learners, disability studies in education, educators with disabilities, sustainable international inclusive education, teacher education
Mark Davies
Professor of Education & Director of Environmental, Sustainability & Society
Ed.D., Rutgers University
Areas of expertise:
Critical pedagogy, critical pedagogy of place, sustainability, environmental education, ecopedagogy
Johanna Mitchell
Associate Professor of Education
Ph.D., University of Utah
Areas of expertise:
History of education reform, children’s literature, history of misogyny, elementary science and mathematics methods, history and theories of psychology, political economy of 19th and 20th centuries
Meghan Sheehy
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi
Areas of expertise:
Music education

 

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