Master of Science in Special Education

Master of Science in Special Education

(HEGIS 0808)
30-45 credits

The Special Education program offers teacher certification in Childhood, or Adolescence with Special Education. The Special Education program offers an annotation in specialized areas for individuals who are severely disabled. The sequence of courses offered in the graduate program reflects the mission, goals, and objectives needed to become a competent educator in the field of Special Education. The courses address a broad range of competencies necessary to provide sound instructional services for students with special needs. The courses merge issues related to the field of special education with practice, and reflect best practices in assessment and instruction with a supervised field placement.

Applicants seeking certification in Special Education who hold teacher certification in another area with at least one introductory course in Special Education, or who have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minor in Special Education or its equivalent may complete 30 semester hours of credits (Option I). Candidates who hold a Bachelors degree and are seeking certification in Special Education may fulfill the 45 – credit program plus meet the State Education Department standard required for certification (Option II). Applicants who hold New York State Certification in Special Education wishing to complete the 30 hours for Professional Certification must complete 24 credits in Special Education and complete 6 credits in a field of interest at the graduate level. A 3 hour supervised placement is required prior to certification. For Professional Certification candidates must have completed two years of teaching experience in Special Education (Option III). All candidates are required to successfully complete the appropriate portions of the New York Teacher Certification Examinations.

Option I – 30 credit Initial Certification Master’s Program in Special Education 30 credits

Program Requirements

EDL 5501 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature 3
EDS 6410 Theory and Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 3
EDS 6411 Assessment and Program Planning for Diverse Learners 3
EDS 6418 Integrated Practices in the Content Area 3
EDS 7422 Integrated Practices in the Differentiated Classroom 3
EDS 6423 Assistive Technology in Special Education 3
EDS 7424 Field Experience and Integrated Education Student Teaching – Single Certification (for non-certified teachers) 3
or
EDS 5401 Multiple Perspectives of Special Education or
EDS 6431 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (for certified teachers only) 3
EDS 7425 Field Experience and Integrated Education Student Teaching – Dual Certification 3
EDS 7497 Introduction to Research in Special Education Student Teaching – Dual Certification 3
EDS 7498 Research in Special Education 3

Total: 30 credits

Option II – 45 credit Initial Certification Special Education Initial Certification 45 credits
The following program is for students who are seeking certification in Special Education.

Program Requirements

EDA 5301 Human Development & the Learning Process in Adolescence Education 3
EDS 5402 Principles and Practices of Diverse Learners 3
EDL 5500 Literacy Acquisition 3
EDL 5501 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature 3
EDL 5503 Teaching Reading in Content Areas 3
EDS 6410 Theory and Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis and Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners 3
EDS 6411 Assessment and Program Planning for Diverse Learners 3
EDS 6418 Integrated Practices in the Content Areas 3
EDS 6423 Assistive Technology in Special Education 3
EDS 6431 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3
EDS 7422 Integrated Practices in the Differentiated Classroom 3
EDS 7424 Field Experience and Integrated Education Student Teaching – Single Certification 3
EDS 7425* Special Education Student-Teaching 3
EDS 7497 Introduction to Research in Special Education 3
EDS 7498 Research in Special Education 3

Total: 45 credits

*Note: Only candidates holding a current New York State teaching certification have the option to complete EDS 7425 during the summer.

Option III – Professional Master’s Certification Program 30 credits
A Professional Certification program is available for professionals holding New York State Certification in Special Education. Course requirements will be determined through individual advisement following acceptance into the program.

The Professional Master’s Certification Program requires candidates to complete an Annotation for Certification for students who have severe or multiple disabilities. The 30 credit Masters meets the candidate’s requirement in areas of Childhood, and Middle Childhood.

An annotation for certification for students who have severe or multiple disabilities is available for professionals holding New York State Certification in Special Education.

Program Requirements

EDS 5401 Multiple Perspectives of Special Education 3
EDS 5403 Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDS 6416 Transitional Services in Special Education 3
EDS 6421 Developmental Disorders in Speech and Language 3
EDS 6423 Assistive Technology in Special Education (Please note that EDE 5611 will not meet the technology requirement for this annotation.) 3
EDS 6431 Teaching Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3
EDS 6432 Instructional Methods for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3
EDS 7496 Seminar in Severe Disabilities 3
EDS 7497 Introduction to Research in Special Education 3
EDS 7498 Research in Special Education 3

Total: 30 credits

Option III – Professional Master’s Certification Program – Autism 30 credits
A Professional Certification program is available for professionals holding New York State Certification in Special Education. Course requirements will be determined through individual advisement following acceptance into the program.

The Professional Master’s Certification Program requires candidates to complete a Track for Certification for students who have Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders. The 30-credit Masters meets the candidate’s requirement in areas of Childhood, and Middle Childhood.

A track for certification for students who have Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders is available for professionals holding New York State Certification in Special Education.

Program Requirements

EDS 5401 Multiple Perspectives of Special Education 3
EDS 5403 Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDS 5470 The Autism Spectrum 3
EDS 6416 Transitional Services in Special Education 3
EDS 6423 Assistive Technology in Special Education (Please note that EDE 5611 will not meet the technology requirement for this annotation.) 3
EDS 6471 Educational Strategies in Autism 3
EDS 6472 Language & Communication Development in Autism 3
EDS 7496 Seminar in Severe Disabilities 3
EDS 7497 Introduction to Research in Special Education 3
EDS 7498 Research in Special Education 3

Total: 30 credits

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