Special Education, M.S.Ed.

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May 21, 2018

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Special educators have one of the most complex and challenging roles in today’s changing schools. Receive ongoing support while working closely with full-time special education faculty who bring extensive experience working with students with a wide range of learning characteristics. We offer NYSED certification for grades 1-6 or 7-12.

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What you will study: 

This program focuses on developing your abilities to maximize literacy learning for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities through specialized planning and instruction matched to individual learner characteristics. You will extend your specialized professional development through courses and field experiences for serving students who have autism and other complex developmental disabilities, and for assessment, data-based decision-making, positive behavior interventions and assistive technology for a wide range of learners.

  • SPE 504 - Teaching Exceptional Students, credit: 3
  • SPE 507 - Seminar in Collaborative Skills, credit: 3
  • SPE 515 - Educational Planning: Students with Disabilities, credit: 3
  • SPE 521 - Educational Planning: Proactive Behavior, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 1-6 initial, 1-6 professional or 7-12 initial Graduate Catalog.

Our programs are immersed in learning about how to ensure students with disabilities are meaningfully included, have true access to education and receive quality instruction.
Dr. Amanda Fenlon, Associate Professor

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Learning outcomes: 

As a graduate of this program, you will deepen your professional knowledge and expertise in the field, and further develop leadership skills needed to help schools deliver quality inclusive education for all of the community’s children. Graduates of this program are well sought-after because of the depth of their preparation in key areas for all learners. Successful completion of this program provides current teachers the necessary degree requirements to obtain their NYSED professional teaching certification.

Special Education Teacher

School of Education at SUNY Oswego is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers all of our initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs.

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants. (Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are welcome to apply, but should explain in the purpose statement what skills and experiences you will bring to the program or any special circumstances that affected your GPA.) If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
MAT or GRE scores
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission into the program.  Acceptable scores are dependent on course of study.  Speak to your department advisor about what scores are acceptable to the program.
Program advisement meeting
Prospective students will meet with faculty and other department chairs to outline and select effective courses to best assist you in your chosen field.  Please be on time to your scheduled advisement and where your meeting will be located ahead of time. You can register for a program advisement meeting here.
Education essay
Write a one page essay based on the School of Education’s Conceptual Framework.  Detail how you would be an asset to the school, as well as your understanding of the educational ideas outlined.
Initial Teaching Certification
NYS requires this entry-level certificate is issued to classroom teachers with specific areas of interest.  Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in area of interest no later than ten days prior to the beginning of your program.  1-6 Initial: certificate must be in childhood education 1-6. 1-6 Professional: certificate must be in childhood special education. 7-12 Generalist: certificate must be in adolescence education 7-12 or TESOL education.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities and come from a college professor and a second from your student teaching experience or professional supervisor.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.