Childhood Education/Special Education (Dual Certification)

Sage's dual program provides prospective educators with certification in both Childhood Education and in Special Education, enhancing candidates employability when seeking positions in elementary schools.

All matriculated students complete a signed program schedule. Any change in stated coursework must receive written approval of the assigned faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Childhood/Special Education program must meet the general admission requirements to Sage Graduate School and must have or must complete as a part of their program, the equivalent of a bachelors degree in a liberal arts or sciences area. In addition, applicants to the Childhood/Special Education program complete an:

  • Interview with an appropriate advisor after all materials have been submitted
  • Assessment of writing skills

This program is designed for candidates who hold a bachelors degree with substantial preparation in liberal arts, but who have little or no background in professional education. The undergraduate preparation in liberal arts should represent the minimum requirements for undergraduate students in childhood education at Sage; deficiencies may be satisfied by coursework over and above the requirements of the approved program.

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage's Esteves School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

  • Sage is one of only 28 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
  • The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
  • NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
  • Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation.