Contact the M.S. in Special Education Program

Program Director: Susan Hildenbrand
Office: RCW 108
Phone: (585) 385-7297

Special Education Advanced Certification Generalist (7-12)

This program prepares teachers who have completed the master's degree requirement and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 7–12. (18 credits)

Special Education Advanced Certification Generalist Requirements (Grades 7-12)

Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current M.S. in Special Education: Adolescence program requirements, including course descriptions.

Note: Requires professional or permanent Adolescence certification.


Course Name

Credit Hours

GSED 500

Critical Issues and Trends in Special Education and Literacy


GSED 501

Special Education in Today's Schools


GSED 502

Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs


GSED 512

Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence


GSED 516

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students with Special Needs


GSED 651

Practicum in Special Education: Adolescence



Total credit hours:


New York State Requirements: Adolescence Certificates

Candidates who are seeking the Adolescence and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist Certificate are required to have prior certification in any New York State area (out of state candidates should contact Graduate Admissions). Candidates who are seeking the Special Education Generalist 7-12 Certificate must have an adequate knowledge base for teaching the New York State Learning Standards. This includes 24 credits of coursework in English Language Arts (6 credits); Social Studies (6 credits); Science (6 credits); and Mathematics (6 credits).

Transcripts are reviewed prior to admission to determine adequate preparation for the program. Candidates with inadequate preparation will be required to take additional coursework in these core content areas prior to obtaining certification.

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