Contact the M.S. in Special Education Program

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

M.S. in Special Education Initial/Professional Certification (Grades 1-6)

This program prepares teachers who are initially certified in childhood and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level and results in the Master of Science in Special Education degree. (30 credits)

M.S. in Special Education Initial/Professional Certification Degree Requirements

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

Note: Requires initial or provisional Childhood certification


Course Name

Credit Hours

GEDU 506

Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Childhood


GRDG 626

Language, Literacy, and Diversity in American Schools


GRDG 639

Emergent Literacy


GSED 500

Critical Issues and Trends in Special Education


GSED 501

Special Education in Today’s Schools


GSED 502

Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs


GSED 508

Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Childhood


GSED 516

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students with Special Needs


GSED 555

Field Experience III (50 Hours)


GSED 595

Research in Education and Capstone Project


GSED 650

Practicum in Special Education: Childhood



Total credit hours:


New York State Requirements: Childhood Certificates

Candidates who are seeking the Childhood and Special Education Certificates must have an adequate knowledge base for teaching to the New York State Learning Standards. This includes coursework in Humanities; Communication; Written Analysis and Expression; History; Social Sciences; Languages Other Than English (LOTE); Scientific Process; Mathematical Process; Health; Physical Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Artistic Expression. Transcripts are reviewed prior to admission to determine adequate preparation for the program. Candidates with inadequate preparation will be required to take additional coursework prior to student teaching.

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