Master's program in Special Education

quoteIt is in identifying yourself with hopes, dreams, fears and longings of others that you may understand them and help them.quote1
-- W.A. Peterson

Individuals in this program specialize in working with students identified with disabilities. The program certifies graduates as childhood education special education teachers (1-6). Graduate students in this program complete internships in classrooms for students with disabilities.

Strong emphasis is placed on integrating university course work content and applied experiences in the classroom in order to support individuals’ acquisition of the specific skills and competencies they will need to work successfully with students with disabilities.

The year-long program begins with a summer of introductory courses. Specialized courses in Special Education occur in the Fall and Spring semesters, along with required clinical internships.

What Graduates say about the Program in Special Education:

"Throughout the first month of school I have implemented so many of the different concepts/ideas/beliefs that I acquired through my work in your program. My classroom has middle school students on a variety of levels, including 5 nonreaders. Words Their Way and Strategies that Work have been a great help due to the early elementary needs. Last year's spring internship served as a learning experience like no other and I am grateful for skills that it has given me. Thank you for everything... this year is going much more smoothly and enjoyable because of your guidance last year! "

Program Requirements
Full Time Study (35 credits)
Evening course work and field experiences during the school day
Study begins in June and continues until the end of June the following year.

Appropriate Applicants are Individuals…
with initial certification in childhood education (1-6)
with an undergraduate average of 3.0 or better
with a strong interest in working with students with disabilities at the childhood.

Certification Earned:

Initial and Professional Certifications:Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (1-6)
Professional: Childhood (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

MS in Special Education (Intern Cert - 35 credits)
Typical Program




ERDG 500

Classroom Literacy Instruction


ESPE 653

Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior








ESPE 652

Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities


ESPE 655

Assessment of Students with Disabilities


ESPE 650

Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities


ESPE 680 A

Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities


ESPE 682

Clinical Internship Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities








ESPE 656

Teaching Written Expression to Students with Disabilities


ESPE 669

Educating Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behavior: Advanced Tiers of Support


ESPE 651

Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities


ESPE 654

Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities