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The Graduate Programs in Special Education (GPSE) are accredited by the New York State Education Department and have been awarded exemplary status by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. GPSE prepare candidates to work with school-age individuals with disabilities through obtaining either a Master of Science in Education degree or a Post-Masters Certificate in Special Education. Typically, upon acceptance to the GPSE, candidates teach in general or special education settings and hold Initial Certification from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in general or special education in the age-range of their GPSE program.  Candidates seeking a Post-Masters Certificate in Special Education must have Masters degree in general education for admission.

Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for NYSED professional certification in special education and professional certification in their respective general education area (i.e., the area in which they held initial certification). Consistent with NYSED requirements, the following programs are offered:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (Birth—Grade 2)​​
    • The Graduate Programs in Special Education is currently recruiting candidates for a full scholarship program, Project Culturally Aligned and Responsive Early Intervention (Project I-CARE).  This program is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Candidates interested in pursuing either a Master’s of Science in Education or Post Master’s Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education, including those from underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.  Upon completion of the program, graduates will provide culturally responsive early intervention and early childhood special education services to families and young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in urban and high-need communities. ​
    • For additional information about this scholarship program, please see the link below:
​​​​Project I-CARE Scholarship Program​​ 
  • Applied Behavior Analysis at Queens​
    • NYS Aut​ism Provider Training
    • For specific program information, go to Special Education Handbook​​​​​​​​


      Openings are competitively filled; admission cannot be guaranteed to all who meet the stated requirements. Applications, which are accepted up to June 1​st for September admission, are accepted online only.  Further admissions information can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions, Jefferson Hall, Room 105, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597. Telephone  (718) 997-5200.

    • Apply online:

       Candidates applying to the Graduate Program in Special Education for the Fall of 2016 can apply even if they have not yet taken the GRE.  All application materials will be reviewed.  Applicants can receive conditional acceptance with the expectation that they will submit evidence that they have taken the GRE by January 20th of 2017.  For questions regarding the GRE requirement, please click here​.

      For specific questions regarding the GRE requirement for the special education program, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Peishi Wang, at 718-997-5386 or 

  • For additional information, contact   

  • MSED Birth - Grade 2 Advisor -

  • MSED Grades 1 - 6 Advisor - or ​

                                                     or or​

  • MSED Grades 7 - 12 Advisor - or

  • MAT Dual Certification Grades 1-6 Advisor -

  • Post-Masters Advanced Certificate Advisor -

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst Advisor- or​

  • NYS Autism Provider Training - Office of Professional and Continuing Studies

    Graduate Special Education Programs, Division of Education, ECP, Powdermaker Hall, Room 033, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 11367-1597. Telephone  (718) 997-5250 .

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     Office Information

    Chair: Emilia C. Lopez, Ph.D.

    Powdermaker Hall, Room 033
    65-30 Kissena Blvd.

    Flushing, NY 11367

    Phone: 718-997-5250, 5234 
    Fax: 718-997-5248​

    Program Coordinator:
    Peishi Wang
    Phone: 718-997-5386
    Fax: 718-997-5248

    Fredda Brown
    Anne Dilts
    Denise L. Ferrara
    Sun A. Kim
    Lenwood Gibson
    Craig A. Michaels
    Mary Theresa Kiely
    Peishi Wang
    Sara B. Woolf

    Administrative Staff:
    Jaclyn Arroyo


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