The Master of Science in Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6) is designed as a path to professional teacher certification. The program is designed for both recent graduates who have completed the requirements for initial teacher certification at the undergraduate level, as well as experienced teachers who seek professional certification in Special Education or an advanced degree.
The degree combines theory and practice, and meets all relevant New York State Education Department professional certification requirements, including Common Core Learning Standards, and all certification workshops. This 30-credit degree program is composed of a 12-credit core that includes special education research, culturally responsive teaching, research methods and design, and research-based interventions in reading, writing, and literacy. Six credits of linked courses in advanced assessment and advocacy and leadership are also required along with six credits of elective coursework that includes classes in administrative organization, collaboration and leadership, instructional and assistive technology, advanced behavior management and instruction, applied behavior analysis and methods of teaching in early childhood special education. The final six credits are for the capstone project at the grades 1-6 level in Students with Disabilities.
Having completed the program, graduates will be positioned to advocate as teachers and collaborate with families and stakeholders in special education settings, schools and other combined classroom environments for learners with special education needs. Graduates will also be qualified to become educational consultants to provide academic and behavioral supports to individuals requiring special education services.
Time to Degree
Designed for part-time students only, the program takes 2½ years to complete for students taking two courses per semester. Applications for this program are accepted only for fall semester entry.