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Master of Science 

Special Education and Literacy (II)

Program of Study

To fully prepare you to work with exceptional children in elementary classrooms, this curriculum includes intensive practicum and internship experiences.

Child Development and Learning

  • Development in Childhood
  • Application of Cognitive Theories to Content Area Instruction

Teaching Literacy to Diverse Students

  • Literacy in Society
  • Early Literacy Development, B-2
  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • Teaching Written Expression to Students with Disabilities
  • Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities

Practica in Literacy Instruction

  • Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties
  • Writing in the Classroom, 1-6

Teaching Children with Special Needs

  • Introduction to Human Exceptionality
  • Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities
  • Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • Educating Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behaviors: Advanced Tiers of Support
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities

Practica in Special Education

  • Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B-6
  • Teaching Students with Diverse Learning Needs

Curriculum Development and Classroom Management

  • Effective Teaching and Curricula for Diverse Learners
  • Managing School and Classroom-Wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient and Effective Instruction

Clinical Internship with Integrated Seminar in Teaching Students with Disabilities

In this full-time internship, you gain supervised clinical experience working with students with disabilities in education settings. The accompanying seminar covers special topics to help you succeed in your fieldwork.

Master's Project

NYSED Training Requirements

  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE)
  • Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
  • Needs of Students with Autism
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Dignity for All Students Act

TEAC Program Accreditation

This teacher preparation program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the ten-year period of April 30, 2011 to April 30, 2021.

To pursue professional certification once you complete the program, you must request the University recommend you to the New York State Department of Education.


See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information email Dr. Saddler at


NYS Teacher Certification

This is the only program at UAlbany that leads to initial certification in childhood education in New York State. All other graduate programs in childhood education, literacy, and/or special education require you to hold initial certification to teach grades 1-6 prior to your enrollment.

Earning this master's degree makes you eligible to apply for three different NYS teacher certifications:

  • Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
  • Literacy (Birth-Grade 6)

Graduates are commonly employed as elementary school, special education, and literacy teachers for grades 1-6 within public and private schools, and as specialists in disability services and community agencies.

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Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
Email Graduate Advisement
(518) 442-3529