Master's program in Inclusion and Special Education

quoteThey may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.quote1
-- Carol Buchner

This program, which may be completed full-time or part-time, is designed to provide those with initial certifications in Childhood Education (1-6) and Teaching Students with Disabilities (1-6) the opportunity to complete an approved program that will allow them to make their initial certifications professional. Students in the Inclusion and Special Education program complete advanced special education courses and a series of electives in reading and educational psychology. They plan and execute a small research project in education as their capstone experience. Graduates of this program could work as an elementary school teacher (grades 1-6) or as a special education teacher (grades 1-6).

Program Requirements
30 credits
Evening course work

Appropriate Applicants are Individuals with …
Initial certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level and Childhood Education (1-6)
undergraduate average of 3.0 or better

Certification Earned:
Professional Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level (1-6), Childhood Education (1-6)

Application Deadline: See graduate admissions

How to Apply

  • Complete the application at
  • Submit transcript and 3 letters of recommendation, including at least one from someone who has observed you teach
  • Submit a copy of your teaching certification(s) and NYS teacher examination scores. Those who are still completing their teacher preparation program at the time of application may submit their NYS Teacher Certification examination scores, and must submit proof of teaching certification by September 1st.

Additional Program/NYSED Requirements:
DASA Training

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 (

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 - Inclusion and Special Education
Typical Program




ESPE 651

Developing Reading Comprehension and Content Knowledge for Students with Disabilities

ESPE 652

Math and Inquiry Instruction for Students with Disabilities

ESPE 653

Managing School and Classroom-wide Student Behavior to Promote Efficient and Effective Instruction

ESPE 655

Assessing Students with Disabilities

ESPE 650*

Instructional Environments and Practices for Students with Disabilities *or other ESPE course approved by advisor


Educational Psychology

EPSY 530

Basic Data Analysis or Statistical Methods I

EPSY 680

Research Project in Educational Psychology (must be taken in last semester)

1 EPSY elective

Choose one of the following courses in Educational Psychology:
EPSY 502 Educational Psychology
EPSY 540 Assessment in Education
EPSY 610 Advanced Educational Psychology
or other approved by advisor




2 ELTL electives

Choose two of the following courses in Literacy:
ELTL 504 Children's Literature
ELTL 610 Literacy in Society
ELTL 615 Teaching Writing
ELTL 625 Integrated Literacy Instruction
or other approved by advisor

 (30 credits)

Please note: The Inclusion and Special Education program is in the process of being revised. The content on the website reflects the current programs, so may not reflect the revised programs that will be in effect once the revised program is approved.