Financial Assistance

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) may provide a reduction of tuition costs for financially eligible students. Students in some of the Master's degree programs may receive a stipend during their internship. Doctoral students may be eligible for graduate assistantships with stipends and tuition scholarship.


The Master's degree programs are competitive and selection of participants will be made after multiple reviews of credentials which may include an on-campus interview in either March or April. Elements contributing to selection include: undergraduate/graduate grade point average, interviews, the applicant's written questionnaire response, and letters of recommendation.

Students applying to the Special Education and Literacy II program must have a major or minor/concentration in the liberal arts or sciences - (more information) AND must have an appropriate distribution of undergraduate liberal arts courses - (more information).

ALERT:  New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) recently amended its teacher certification requirements to include the passage of its Academic Literacy Skills Test (“Test”). This Test covers academic skills that should have been acquired in high school and/or during undergraduate college studies. The University at Albany curriculum for a Master’s Degree in special education, or special education and literacy is therefore not designed to prepare teachers for the Test, nor does the University at Albany offer preparation for this Test as part of its curriculum. The University at Albany strongly recommends that students without NYS teacher certification take and pass this test before applying for admission to any of the graduate special education programs; students will be required to pass this test before enrolling in program classes.

This applies to students applying to the MS in Special Education and Literacy II program without NYS certification, or students applying to one of the other MS in Special Education or Special Education and Literacy I programs with Out-of-State teaching certifications. 

Doctoral admissions are reviewed by the doctoral admissions committee in the Division of Educational Psychology.

Application Procedure

Those applying for programs open to certified teachers should include a copy of their teaching certification when applying, or a letter from an institution of higher education indicating that the applicant has met the requirements for certification. Proof of passing scores on the NYS teacher examinations should be included (if you have not received scores, submit as soon as possible) with the applications of those individuals who have applied for, but not yet received teaching certification. The due date for applications may be found on the graduate admission website .

Special information on applying varies according to program. Please check the requirements for each specific program that are listed after each program description.

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