Special Education & Literacy I M.S. Degree Program

This program leads to the graduate degree needed for professional teacher certification in the area of Childhood (1-6) and for initial/professional certification in Literacy Specialist (B-6), and Students with Disabilities (1-6).

Effective Summer 2013: Graduates of our MS in Literacy and MS in Special Education/Literacy degrees are certified to work with students who encounter the most difficulty with literacy, and to coach and mentor other teachers.  In order to ensure that these specialists are appropriately qualified to receive literacy specialist certification (B-6, B-12, or 5-12), students in these degree programs must receive a B or better in practicum courses before being allowed to take the capstone class.  These practicum courses include: ELTL 506, ELTL 601, ELTL602, ELTL 605, ELTL 619, and ELTL 655. In addition, students must also receive a B or better in the final practicum experiences ELTL 620 and/or ELTL 623. Students receiving a B- or lower in such courses have the following options: a) retake the course for a better grade; b) request admission to a professional certification degree in the department. This latter option might require taking additional courses.

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.  


  • Required Courses - 43 Credit
    • E Ltl 500 - Classroom Literacy Instruction (3)
    • E Ltl 601- Practicum: Instruction to Prevent Literacy Difficulties (3)
    • E Ltl 610 - Literacy in Society (3)
    • E Ltl 619 - Practicum: Writing in the Classroom, 1-6 (3)
    • E Ltl 620 - Practicum: Differentiated Instruction and Coaching, B-6 (6)
    • E Spe 650 - Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 651 - Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 652 - Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 653 - Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient and Effective Instruction (3)
    • E Spe 654 - Teaching Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 655 - Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 669 - Students with Emotional Disorders and Challenging Behaviors: Advanced Tiers of Support (3)
    • E Spe 680A - Clinical Internship: Teaching Students with Disabilities (3)
    • E Spe 681 - Clinical Internship Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities (1)
  • Final Culminating Project - successful completion of the final culminating project milestone

Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:

  • Needs of Students with Autism Training
  • DASA Training

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 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 (https://www.albany.edu/education/pathways-education-center). 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.