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

M.S. in Adolescence Education and Special Education

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

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

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


Course Name

Credit Hours

GAED 528

The Adolescent


GAED 533

Field Experience I (50 Hours)


GAED 534

Field Experience II (50 Hours)


GEDU 501

Issues in Student Health and Safety


GEDU 520

History and Philosophy of Education


GEDU 526

Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling


GRDG 507

Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Adolescence


GRDG 534

Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas


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 557

Fieldwork III Grades 7-9 (25 Hours)


GSED 558

Fieldwork III Grades 10-12 (25 Hours)


GSED 586

Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education and Adolescence


GSED 591

Student Teaching: Special Education and Adolescence


One content methods course chosen from:


GAED 541

Effective Practice in Social Studies Education


GAED 542

Effective Practice in English Education


GAED 543

Effective Practice in LOTE Education


One content methods course chosen from:


GAED 537

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies Education


GAED 538

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in English Education


GAED 539

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in LOTE Education


One culminating content-based course chosen from:


GAED 561

Research in Social Studies Education


GAED 562

Research in English Education


GAED 563

Research in LOTE Education



Total credit hours:


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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