Special Education & Literacy I M.S. Degree Program

This program leads to the graduate degree needed for professional teacher certification in the area of Childhood (1-6) and for initial/professional certification in Literacy Specialist (B-6), and Students with Disabilities (1-6).

Effective Summer 2013: Graduates of our MS in Literacy and MS in Special Education/Literacy degrees are certified to work with students who encounter the most difficulty with literacy, and to coach and mentor other teachers.  In order to ensure that these specialists are appropriately qualified to receive literacy specialist certification (B-6, B-12, or 5-12), students in these degree programs must receive a B or better in practicum courses before being allowed to take the capstone class.  These practicum courses include: ERDG 505, ERDG 506, ERDG 601, ERDG 605, ERDG 619, and ERDG 655. In addition, students must also receive a B or better in the final practicum experiences ERDG 620 and/or ERDG 623. Students receiving a B- or lower in such courses have the following options: a) retake the course for a better grade; b) request admission to a professional certification degree in the department. This latter option might require taking additional courses.

Teaching is a profession. Master’s students have professional responsibilities to their students, their peers, their classmates and instructors, and to society at large. Students in the master’s program will be working with children and other professionals in educational contexts, including, schools, community centers, and other sites of learning. Their professional responsibilities include following through on commitments made to children and schools, being appropriately prepared and on time for all interactions/lessons, maintaining confidentiality and respect, and interacting with all stakeholders/participants in a professional manner. Professional interactions include everything from dressing appropriately for the situation to maintaining appropriate language both in talking with and talking about others. Failure to meet professional responsibilities can result in a student’s academic dismissal from the program.  

Required Courses - 43 Credits

E Rdg 500       Classroom Literacy Instruction (3)
E Rdg 601       Practicum: Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties (3)
E Rdg 610       Literacy in Society (3)
E Rdg 619       Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6 (3)
E Rdg 620       Practicum: Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B-6 (6)
E Spe 650       Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities (3)
E Spe 651       Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students
                      with Disabilities (3)
E Spe 652       Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
E Spe 653       Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient
                      and Effective Instruction (3)
E Spe 654       Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities(3)
E Spe 655       Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
E Spe 669       Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behaviors: Advanced
                       Tiers of Support (3)
E Spe 680A     Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities (3)
E Spe 681       Clinical Internship Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities (1)


Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:

  • Needs of Students with Autism Training
  • DASA Training

As an approved teacher preparation program with the New York State Education Department, there may be additional certification requirements applicable. These requirements may include, but are not limited to additional workshops. Certification procedures and requirements are outlined on the School of Education’s Teacher Certification website (http://www.albany.edu/education/teacher_certification.php).