Dual Certification: Childhood Education (1-6) and Childhood Education/Special Education (1-6)

The Psychology/Special Education program leading to Childhood/Students with Disabilities certification has achieved the status of NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED by the Association of Childhood International (ACEI) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Admission to the Program

(Note: Those pursuing a certificate to become a teacher are called candidates.)

Those interested in this program register with the Education Department in the first semester of freshman year to ensure timely completion of requirements necessary for admission to upper-level courses. Formal application is to be made no later than Spring semester of the sophomore year by completing a "progress" form available on Chalk and Wire.  Minimum requirements are:

  1. A grade point average of 2.7 or higher
  2. Grades of C+ or higher in all required courses in the certification sequence
  3. Request that a faculty member from either the Psychology or Education departments complete an Evaluation of Disposition by Faculty  form for you.  A link to this form will be available.

Continuation in the program and acceptance into student teaching are based upon maintaining the required grade point average, suitability and competence to teach as demonstrated through completed courses, field placements (including those in State designated high-needs school districts), and faculty recommendations.

Candidates will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Dual Certification

Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog.

The Professional Education Unit at Marist College is originally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  The accrediting agency is now called the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, New York.  However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.