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The New York State Department of Education requires that all students earning an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education complete 50 hours of supervised field work. To satisfy this requirement your curriculum includes a 12.5 hour field work experience in four of your five required courses. To this end, you must identify a supervising teacher to oversee your field work within 30 days of starting your program. The school site will be chosen by the student and arranged with assistance from the Department's Clinical Coordinator.
Dignity for All Students Act Requirement
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that school professionals applying for a certificate or extension on or after July 1, 2013 complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As a result, all teacher preparation programs must include at least six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This must be met through a NYSED-approved provider using a NYSED-approved syllabus that is specific to this requirement; DASA-related professional development in Pre K-12 schools is not applicable. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.
Students with Disabilities Requirement
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the Gifted Education program on or after Sept. 1, 2011 and are seeking the NYS Teacher Certification Extension. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may substitute the students with disabilities course in place of the capstone course. The students with disabilities course is offered online to meet the needs of our online students.