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Program Director: Susan Hildenbrand
Email: shildenbrand@sjfc.edu
Office: RCW 108
Phone: (585) 385-7297

M.S. in Adolescence Education and Special Education

Adolescence Education Dual Certification Programs

M.S. in Adolescence Education: Social Studies with Special Education (Dual Certification)

This program prepares non-certified graduate candidates who are pursuing adolescence initial certification in social studies, grades 7-12, and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level, and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (42 credits)

M.S. in Adolescence Education: English with Special Education (Dual Certification)

This program prepares non-certified graduate candidates who are pursuing adolescence initial certification in English, grades 7-12, and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level, and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (42 credits)

M.S. in Adolescence Education: French with Special Education (Dual Certification)

This program prepares non-certified graduate candidates who are pursuing adolescence initial certification in French, grades 7-12, and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level, and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (42 credits)

M.S. in Adolescence Education: Spanish with Special Education (Dual Certification)

This program prepares non-certified graduate candidates who are pursuing adolescence initial certification in Spanish, grades 7-12, and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level, and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (42 credits)


Program Requirements for M.S. in Adolescence Education with Special Education: Dual Initial Certification


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


  • GAED 528 - The Adolescent (3)
  • GAED 533 - Field Experience I (50 Hours) (0)
  • GAED 534 - Field Experience II (50 Hours) (0)
  • GEDU 501 - Issues in Health and Safety (0)
  • GEDU 520 - History and Philosophy of Education (3)
  • GEDU 526 - Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling (3)
  • GRDG 507 - Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Adolescence (3)
  • GRDG 534 - Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today's Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 512 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 556 - Fieldwork III (50 Hours) (0)
  • GSED 586 - Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education and Adolescence (0)
  • GSED 591 - Student Teaching: Special Education and Adolescence (6)

One content methods course chosen from:

  • GAED 541 - Effective Practice in Social Studies Education (3)
  • GAED 542 - Effective Practice in English Education (3)
  • GAED 543 - Effective Practice in LOTE Education (3)

One content methods course chosen from:

  • GAED 537 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies Education (3)
  • GAED 538 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in English Education (3)
  • GAED 539 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in LOTE Education (3)

One culminating content-based course chosen from:

  • GAED 561 - Research in Social Studies Education (3)
  • GAED 562 - Research in English Education (3)
  • GAED 563 - Research in LOTE Education (3)

Total: 42 credits

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Field experiences are required for certification and the master's degree. Candidates must complete 150 hours of field work before student teaching.

Student teaching is full-time for 14 weeks and includes two placements - one as a special education teacher and one as a general education teacher in grades 7-12. One of the placements will be in a high-needs school.

To qualify for student teaching, candidates must:

  • Complete all degree requirements with the exception of GAED 561 or 562 or 563
  • Complete the NYS requirements for the adolescence content area - English, LOTE, or social studies
  • Complete all New York State teacher certification examinations

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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