Special Education M.S. Degree Program (Inclusion and Special Education)

Applicants must have initial NYS Teacher Certification in Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level. Upon completion of this program, students will receive professional certification in the areas of their initial certificates. This program does not require any practicum or internship experiences and can be completed on a part-time basis.

Teaching is a profession. Master’s students have professional responsibilities to their students, their peers, their classmates and instructors, and to society at large. Students in the master’s program will be working with children and other professionals in educational contexts, including, schools, community centers, and other sites of learning. Their professional responsibilities include following through on commitments made to children and schools, being appropriately prepared and on time for all interactions/lessons, maintaining confidentiality and respect, and interacting with all stakeholders/participants in a professional manner. Professional interactions include everything from dressing appropriately for the situation to maintaining appropriate language both in talking with and talking about others. Failure to meet professional responsibilities can result in a student’s academic dismissal from the program.

MS in Special Education - 30 Credits

  • E Spe 651 (3)
  • E Psy 531 (3)
  • E Spe 652 (3)
  • E Psy 680 (3)

Choose 2 courses in Literacy as advised (6)

  • E Ltl 504 (3)
  • E Ltl 615 (3)
  • E Ltl 625 (3)
  • E Ltl 638 (3)

Choose 3 courses in Special Education as advised (9)

  • E Spe 650 (3)
  • E Spe 653 (3)
  • E Spe 654 (3)
  • E Spe 669 (3)
  • E Spe 673 (3)
  • E Spe 761 (3)
  • E Spe xxx (3) as advised

Choose 1 course in Educational Psychology as advised (3)

  • E Psy 502 (3)
  • E Psy 540 (3)
  • E Psy 610 (3)
  • E Psy xxx (3) as advised

Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:

  • DASA Training

Please note: This program is licensure qualifying. 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 you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.

As an approved teacher preparation program with the New York State Education Department, there may be additional certification requirements applicable. These requirements may include, but are not limited to additional workshops. Certification procedures and requirements are outlined on the School of Education’s Teacher Certification website

Federal Licensure/Certification Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified.

The Special Education MS (Inclusion & Special Education) program at the University at Albany is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that the Special Education MS (Inclusion & Special Education) program at the University at Albany meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the additional following U.S. States: none.

It is important to note that the University at Albany is not the licensure/certification authority in other U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in other U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes.