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. Graduates of this program are well sought-after because of the depth of their preparation in key areas for all learners.

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What to expect

  1. Email from program director
  2. Discuss requirements, course schedule and start date
  3. Application Requirement Checklist
  4. Information on Financing Your Education


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.

Where you can study

  • Main campus

Learning outcomes

As a candidate in 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. This NCATE accredited program will prepare you for certification to teach in grades P-12 in New York State.

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts showing confirmation of a Bachelor's degree
  • Purpose statement for graduate study
  • Resume
  • Education essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $65 application fee
  • Initial Teaching Certification
  • GRE test scores (If GPA is lower than 2.7)
  • Program advisement meeting