Contact the M.S. in Special Education Program

Program Director: Susan Hildenbrand
Email: shildenbrand@sjfc.edu
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. (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

  • GEDU 526 - Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling (3)
  • GRDG 506 - Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Childhood (3)
  • GRDG 639 - Emergent Literacy (3)
  • GSED 500 - Critical Issues in Inclusive Education (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 508 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Childhood (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 555 - Field Experience III (50 Hours) (0)
  • GSED 595 - Research in Special Education and Capstone Project (3)
  • GSED 650 - Practicum in Special Education: Childhood (3)

Total Credits: 30

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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