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Extended Certification Programs to Support Special Student Populations

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For the 2024-25 school year, New York City Public Schools is offering NYC Extended Certification Programs, enabling qualified, current NYC Public Schools teachers to pursue a Students with Disabilities certification or a Bilingual Extension through the completion of tuition-free graduate-level coursework. After completing their certification program, participants commit to teaching in their new license area in their current school for the following two years. Learn more by watching our brand-new Spring 2024 Teacher Info Session.

By earning one of these additional licenses, teachers can:

  • Increase their professional flexibility
  • Gain the skills and training to serve some of their highest-need students more effectively
  • Earn credits that count towards A+ and/or a salary differential

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Extended Certification through Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) 

Qualified applicants who are accepted into an IHE cohort of an NYC Extended Certification Program will be assigned to a particular partner college or university’s certification program, based on their desired certification area and their existing qualifications.  

Participants will complete program coursework while simultaneously continuing to be a valuable member of their school’s teaching staff and supporting students in their desired license area. IHE cohorts will last for either 2 or 3 semesters, and all graduate coursework will be virtual.

For the 2024-2025 school year, teachers can pursue one of the following tuition-free programs:

  • An SWD certification if they already have a bilingual extension, or
  • A bilingual extension if they already have an SWD certification.*

*There may be other opportunities for those who want a bilingual extension and don't already have an SWD certification.

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3 out of 4 graduates would recommend an extended certification program to a peer, and said the program helped improve their teaching practice to support secondary students with disabilities or multilingual learners.



"This program is well designed and really engages teachers to think and plan for a culturally responsive classroom. I learned more in this program than from my Masters in Education and feel more prepared to give individualized attention to my students." - 2019-20 SY teacher participant