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Special Education, M.S.Ed.

Application Deadline

Oct 1 or Mar 1 (recommended)

Next start date

January 23, 2017

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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 2016-2017 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

Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
GRE scores (if GPA is lower than 2.7)
Program advisement meeting
Initial Teaching Certification
Education essay
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee