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M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education
  • Credit hours: 42
  • Fieldwork hours: 150
  • Fisher family:1

M.S. in Childhood/Special Education

Dual certification as a teacher is just 21 months away when you choose to enroll full-time in the master’s degree program in childhood education/special education at Fisher.

The program is inclusive in two regards. First, the curriculum is designed to provide you with dual initial certification in childhood and special education for grades 1-6. Second, the master’s level program is available to graduates from any bachelor's level major. No matter what undergraduate degree you hold, you are encouraged to apply to the master’s in childhood education/special education program.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will earn a Master of Science in Special Education degree and be qualified for initial certification in childhood education, as well as certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 1-6.

Program Overview

The curriculum is divided into five semesters worth of full-time study. You will take classes focusing on the nature of inclusive education and teaching courses specific to your childhood education. Included in the 42-credit-hour program are 150 hours of field experience and 14 weeks of student teaching.

Classes meet one evening per week and every other Friday evening/Saturday. Convenient scheduling enables you to work in full-time positions while enrolled in program.

The curriculum for this program is certified by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

I loved each field placement and it was in these field experiences that I gathered many of the resources I use in my own classroom today. ”


Kimberly Brown
  • Kimberly Brown '16
  • ELA Teacher, Rochester City School District

My Fisher experience was a whirlwind, exciting, frightening, inspiring, all undertaken while working and with young children. I wouldn't change one bit of the experience or where it has led me. ”


Mark Denecke
  • Mark Denecke '09
  • Fifth Grade Teacher, East Rochester Elementary School

My favorite thing about the program was moving through my classes with my cohort. The structure of the program allowed us to really become close and support one another, and our diversity added so much to my learning and professional connections. ”


Abigail Jones
  • Abigail Jones '14
  • Special Education Teacher, Indian Landing Elementary School

Teaching has always been a dream of mine, and thanks to the wonderful professors in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, I get to have that dream come true every day. ”


Kerri Kephart
  • Kerri Kephart '16
  • 6th Grade Science Teacher, Greece Athena Middle School