Special Education

Personnel Shortage Projects

A variety of professional development resources are available from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Special Education to address personnel shortages areas. 

Bilingual/English Language Learner (ELL)

  • Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE) was created to assist with the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) special education teachers, bilingual teachers of the speech and hearing handicapped, and bilingual pupil personnel professionals. This State-funded program provides tuition assistance for fifteen credits of specialized coursework and facilitates the certification process for these professionals who are currently working in NYS public schools or approved preschools.


  • Notice of Intent to Issue Request for Proposal for a Speech-Language and Bilingual Speech-Language Personnel Development Center (attachment)                                The New York State Education Department expects to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for this project in Summer 2019. The purpose of this project is to increase the number of New York State (NYS) certified teachers of students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLD) and TSSLDs with bilingual education extensions for employment in New York City public schools. Eligible applicants are NYS public or private institutions of higher education (IHEs) with registered graduate education programs leading to Speech and Language Disability certification, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organizations. Additional information regarding the notice of intent to issue the RFP is attached.  The RFP will be posted at https://www.p12.nysed.gov/compcontracts/compcontracts.html.

Visually Impaired

Intensive Teacher Institute for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired (ITI-TVI) is designed to provide tuition assistance to students and teachers interested in becoming TVIs to address the shortage across the State. Individuals who enroll in the ITI-TVI must serve as TVIs in New York State for a minimum of two years following completion of the program.
For more information about the ITI-TVI, please contact the two colleges offering programs leading to certification as a TVI:
• CUNY Hunter- Please contact Beth Brady at (212) 772-4229 or lbrady@hunter.cuny.edu
• Dominican College- Please contact Yvette Blitzer at (845) 848-4119 or yvette.blitzer@dc.edu.


Last Updated: April 27, 2022