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Master of Science 

Special Education (Inclusion)

Program of Study

This curriculum is designed to be completed part-time and does not require practicum or internship experiences. Classes are held online or on campus in the evening to accommodate teaching schedules.

Special Education Courses

  • Introduction to Human Exceptionality
  • Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities
  • Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities
  • Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • Managing School and Classroom-Wide Student Behavior

Educational Psychology Courses

  • Basic Data Analysis or Statistical Methods I
  • One of the following (elective): Educational Psychology, Assessment in Education, or Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Capstone Research Project

Literacy Courses (choose two)

  • Children's Literature
  • Literacy in Society
  • Teaching Writing
  • Integrated Literacy Instruction

See graduate bulletin for details.

For more information contact Professor Saddler at bsaddler@albany.edu.



The master's in special education inclusion prepares general childhood education teachers with initial NYS teacher certification to teach students with disabilities in inclusive elementary school classrooms.

The program leads to professional certification in the area of your initial certification, but does not lead to certification in teaching students with disabilities.

If you want to refocus your teaching career and work primarily with mentally disabled and/or behaviorally disordered children, the special education graduate internship program will qualify you to teach in special education classrooms.

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Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the theoretical basis of educational psychology.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the research basis of educational psychology and will have methodological competence to carry out primary statistical analyses and to evaluate the credibility of research findings.
  • Students will be able to design and carry out a small-scale research study that addresses a relevant issue in the field of educational psychology.

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