Special Education Extension Series

In June of 2018, the NYS Regents approved a new certification pathway for NYS special educators interested in extending their existing certification to address the growing shortage of certified special education teachers in NYS.

Currently, Teacher Centers are the ONLY approved provider of the extension series!

Each 45-hour CTLE course series certification includes three areas of learning (subsets): Knowledge of Students, Instructional Strategies and Professional Practice. Each subset is made up of 15 hours, composed of five 3-hour sessions of learning specific to the subset area. Upon successful completion of the 45 hours and with the teaching experience identified below, teachers can apply for the certification extension with NYSED. To see if you are eligible to apply, please read the FACT sheet.

Early Childhood (Pre-K-K) Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on early childhood education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 1-6 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 1st and/or 2nd grade levels.

7-8 Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on middle level education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 1-6 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 5th and/or 6th grade levels.

10-12 Special Education CTLE Certification Extension Series: This series provides the requisite minimum of 45 hours of acceptable CTLE focused on middle level education. Please note: eligible teachers must have a Student with Disabilities 5-9 NYS Certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 8th and/or 9th grade levels.

For a complete listing of FREE professional learning opportunities supported by our Statewide Leadership grant, please click here. There are also FREE courses being offered by Individual Teacher Centers. Those courses can be found here. Registration for all courses is on a first-come, first-served basis.