NY MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements

New York MS Special Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.


In New York this program leads to a second Initial Certificate in Students with Disabilities 1-6 or 7-12. The grade range will align with the applicant's first initial New York teaching license. This program does not meet the requirements for a Professional Certificate.

Graduates of WGU's MS Special Education teacher preparation program will be eligible for the Students with Disabilities teacher certification that aligns with their first initial 1-6 or 7-12 license in New York. Prospective students wishing to enroll in this endorsement program must possess a valid New York teaching certification in Grades 1-6 or Grades 7-12. Educators who have Early Childhood Education or K-12 (non-grade specific) certification should not enroll in this program because New York will require the completion of additional coursework in order to become eligible for Students with Disabilities certification.

Special Education Exam Requirements:


Exam Requirement Note
Multiple Subjects Content Exam

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood Grade 1–Grade 6 (221/222/245)


Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7–Grade 12 (241/244/245)

You must submit passing scores for the exam that corresponds to the grade range of your initial license.


You must pass this exam before requesting a verification letter from the WGU Licensure Office.

Students with Disabilities  Content Exam  Students with Disabilities (060) You must pass this exam before requesting a verification letter from the WGU Licensure Office.
WGU Program Requirement

Praxis 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications

Students who matriculated on or after 9/1/2011 must pass this exam before graduation.

Pedagogy Exam Requirement

Educating All Students Test (EAS)

You must pass this exam before requesting a verification letter from the WGU Licensure Office.


Students who matriculate in the MS Special Education program after March 1, 2010 will complete 240 in-class clock hours of supervised practicum in elementary and secondary special education classrooms as part of their capstone project.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will make the authoritative and final determination about your eligibility for any type of certification. The NYSED may, at its discretion, require graduates of any program to complete additional coursework to become eligible for certification.


Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in New York

General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

New York Teaching Performance Assessment
Applying for your New York Teaching License



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