Master's program in Inclusion

quoteThe secret in education lies in respecting the student.quote1
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This program, which is designed for part-time students, provides those with certification in childhood education (1-6) the opportunity to gain knowledge about working with students with disabilities, and to complete an approved program that will allow them to make initial certifications professional. This program allows teachers who will work in general education settings to become better prepared to work with the students with disabilities who will be included in their classrooms. Students in the Inclusion program complete required special education courses and a series of electives in reading and educational psychology. They plan and execute a small research project in education as their capstone experience.

What Graduates say about the the Program in Inclusion and Special Education:

"The first two weeks of class I left class with a massive headache. So much information! Everything I learned I have already tried in my classroom. I am amazed at everything I’ve learned and how it all clicks together."

"These classes have provided me with good resources, and seem to really focus on applications teachers can use in the classroom. I'm also pleased that two of my classes have only 10-15 students in them, which allows for a lot of discussion."

Program Requirements
30 credits
Evening course work

Appropriate Applicants are Individuals with …
initial certification in Childhood or Elementary Education
undergraduate average of 3.0 or better

Certification Earned:
Professional Certification in Childhood Education (1-6)

Application Deadline: See graduate admissions

How to Apply

  • Complete the application at
  • Submit transcript and 3 letters of recommendation, including at least one from someone who has observed you teach
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certification(s) and NYS teacher examination scores. Those who are still completing their teacher preparation program at the time of application may submit their NYS Teacher Certification examination scores, and must submit proof of teaching certification by September 1st.
  • Complete the Departmental Statement of Purpose and Questionnaire (Special Education Data Sheet and Written Statement) at

Typical Program

Courses typically offered in SUMMER
ESPE 560
Introduction to Human Exceptionality
ESPE 653
Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior (3)
Courses typically offered in FALL
ESPE 652
Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
EPSY 531
Understanding and Teaching Scientific Inquiry and Basic Data Analysis (3) OR
EPSY 530
Statistical Methods I (3)
ESPE 650
Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities (3) or other approved special education course
Select another Reading course:
ERDG 625, ERDG 504, ERDG 615, ERDG 638 (3)
Courses typically offered in SPRING
ESPE 651
Developing Reading Comprehension and Practices for Students with Disabilities (3)
Select ONE Educational Psychology course.
EPSY 502, EPSY 540, EPSY 610 or other as approved by advisor (3)
Select ONE Reading course
ERDG 625, ERDG 504, ERDG 615, ERDG 638, ERDG 655 (3)
EPSY 680 –
Research Project in Educational Psychology (3)

Please note: The Inclusion Program is in the process of being revised. The content on the website reflects the current programs, so may not reflect the revised programs that will be in effect once the revised program is approved.