Differentiated Instruction, Post-Master’s Advanced Certificate

Program Director: René Hauser, Ph.D.

This program is designed for special and/or general education teachers who wish to specialize in differentiated instruction for inclusive classrooms.  This program has been designed in response to the need for teachers skilled in differentiated instruction strategies appropriate to the growing population of learners who are diverse in their learning and/or behavioral characteristics.

Information about Certification

New York: The program leads to a certificate extension in New York State, Gifted Education (formerly titled Differentiated Instruction).  The only candidates recommended by the School of Education for New York State’s Gifted Education extension without the master’s degree are those who have already attained professional (or permanent) certification.

Admission Requirements

The admission committee reviews the following in considering candidates for this program:

  1. Candidate holds a teaching certificate and a Master’s degree
  2. Transcripts from all colleges previously attended
  3. References    
    1. Ability to do graduate work
    2. Success as a teacher
  4. Interview
  5. Writing Sample
  6. Test scores:  GRE, MAT or another substantially equivalent test
  7. Additional information, if requested by program director

Course Requirements

DIFF-503ASSESSMENT - STUDENT W EXCEPTIONALITIES3
DIFF-504COMM/COLL SKILL STND-BASE INCLUSIV EDUC3
DIFF-510DIFFERENTIATED INSTR STRAT.3
DIFF-511FOUND/INCLUSIVE EDUCATION3
DIFF-598PRACTICUM IN GIFTED EDUCATION2
DIFF-600CAPSTONE RESEARCH FOR DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION2
EDUC-599KEXPERIENCE IN DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTS0
Total Credits16

Field-Experience Requirements

St. Bonaventure’s teacher preparation programs are extensively field-based, and students should expect field- based projects on a routine basis in DIFF courses. DIFF-510 requires 15 hours of field-work with students and disabilities.  The Office of Field Studies assists students in arranging field placements for these projects

Also, in this degree program students are expected to complete a practicum experience of 50 clock hours differentiating instruction for students who learn at a pace and level significantly different from that of their classmates (including, but not limited to, students with special gifts and talents).

Students who are teaching in a K-12 school setting may be eligible to complete the practicum in their own school or district.  This experience is individualized, and should be discussed with the adviser during the first semester of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be coordinated.  Practicum application forms are available from the Office of Field Services.  The practicum experience is a component of DIFF-598, Contemporary Field Research and Practicum in Standard-based Differentiated Instruction.

Exit Criteria

In order to successfully complete the program, a student will be evaluated on the following exit criteria:

  1. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  2. Successful completion of the internship
  3. Submission of a portfolio showing professional growth and accomplishments
  4. Successful completion of the capstone project