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Master of Science 

Special Education (Internship Certification)

Program of Study

You could complete the program over 12 months, starting in June. After taking introductory courses over the summer, you take advanced evening classes and participate in integrated fieldwork throughout the fall and spring semesters. These applied learning experiences take place in local classrooms with students with special needs.

As a student at UAlbany, you get to work with children and specialists in educational settings such as schools, community organizations, and other learning sites. Your work will require both professional responsibilities and professional interactions.


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Saddler at

Core Courses

  • Classroom Literacy Instruction
  • 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 to Promote Efficient and Effective Instruction
  • Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • Teaching Written Expression to Students with Disabilities
  • Educating Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behaviors: Advanced Tiers of Support

Clinical Internship

  • Clinical Internship Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • One of the following: Teaching Students with Disabilities; Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities; or Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Additional Requirements

  • Needs of Students with Autism Training
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.

Admissions Requirements


Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: May 1

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: Not Available
Spring: Not Available
Summer: June 1

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores*

Supplemental Documents

Valid NY Childhood Education Certificate


*In light of the current situation, applications will be considered for review without GRE (or approved alternative) scores. Official admission will be contingent on the receipt of exams scores; however, we encourage all interested individuals still apply.


Available information for applicants.


Special Notes

This program is not available to international applicants.  Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply by the Priority Review Deadline. The test score requirement is for application Fall 2016 and forward. The department will also accept the following exams in lieu of GRE: edTPA, GMAT, Miller's Analogies, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Please contact the Pathways Into Education Center (518-442-3529) with questions regarding the entrance exam requirement.

Applicants to this program should include copies of teaching certifications held and copies of test scores. Be aware that candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 must now complete the following certification exams: edTPA; Educating All Students Test (EAS); Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and the revised Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST). Applicants to the Inclusion and Special Education program must also include a copy of the test scores on the Special Education Content Specialty Test. In addition, as of December 31, 2013, all applicants for certification are required to complete six clock hours in DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) training. Admission is contingent on proof of valid new York State Teaching Certification and passing grades on these examinations for all applicants.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.       

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