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Become a competent, caring & qualified educator

You value those with disabilities and want to become one of the outstanding educators who works with special needs students. Through guided internship experiences and an up-to-date curriculum, we will prepare you to be a competent, caring and qualified educator.

Special Education Master’s Programs

Choose to specialize in one of four areas: Birth – Grade 2, Birth – Grade 6, Grades 1–6, Grades 7–12

What Will I Learn?

Our program allows you to:

  • Focus on multiple ways to teach children identified with special needs
  • Develop abilities to work with other child-oriented professionals in a variety of settings (e.g., classroom, inclusion, and resource room)
  • Explore innovative approaches to interdisciplinary teaching across content areas
  • Plan, implement, and reflect on instruction that meets the diverse needs of students
  • Develop knowledge and skills to assess and respond to student learning
  • Create engaging and supportive learning communities
  • Promote ways to support and learn from families

What is Unique About Our Program?

  • Our early childhood and elementary M.S.Ed. programs are geared toward individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree and certificate in education.
  • For the grades 7–12 program, a B.S. or B.A in a field other than education is sufficient pending a transcript evaluation.
  • These programs satisfy the requirement for a master’s degree as required by NYSED (New York State Education Department) for professional certification
  • Flexible: Study full-time or part-time in convenient afternoon, evening, or online courses
  • Master core pedagogy while engaging in content-specific work
  • Tailored programs and electives allow you to pursue your unique interests and focus on areas of particular need
  • Engage in field experience connected to your coursework

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Special educators are in high demand throughout New York and across the country.

  • Special educators in the grade range specified by your program
  • Providers of AIS (Academic Intervention Services) who focus on instruction of learners with special needs
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