Master's program in Special Education and Literacy (I)

quoteI touch the future, I teach.quote1
-- Christa McAuliffe

This intensive program is designed to provide those with certification in childhood education the opportunity to acquire two additional teaching certifications: Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (1-6), and Literacy (Birth-Grade 6). In a carefully designed sequence of courses and field experiences, individuals acquire the knowledge, skills, and certifications required to successfully teach in special education and literacy settings.

This program begins in the Fall semester with coursework and continues for additional Spring, Summer, and Fall semester of coursework and field experiences.

What Graduates Say about the Program in Special Education and Literacy(I)?

"Thank you so much for completing the recommendation … for me. I did get matriculated into their Advanced Certificate program. I am enjoying it, but I still feel like the education I received at UAlbany was superior and has exceeded all of the other schools that I have attended."

Program Requirements
Full Time Study (43 credits)
Evening course work and field experiences during the school day (possible assignment to on-line courses).

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

Certifications Earned: Initial and Professional Certifications in
Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (1-6)
Literacy (Birth-Grade 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 and Literacy I (43 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 651

Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities


ERDG 601

Practicum: Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties


ERDG 619

Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6








ERDG 620

Practicum: Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B-6


ESPE 669

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








ESPE 680

Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities


ESPE 681

Clinical Internship Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities


ESPE 654

Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities


ERDG 610

Literacy and Society