M.S. Ed. in Childhood Special Education

Make a choice that makes a difference

Teachers who are life-long scholars will use their graduate education as a foundation for acquiring new knowledge and skills throughout their professional lifetime.  The need for special education teachers is growing. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 17% increase in the need for qualified, certified special education teachers across all grade levels by the year 2020.

Students enrolled in the program will, at the completion of their coursework, be knowledgeable in the areas of theories of learning; curriculum; social, historical, and philosophical foundations of special education; formal and informal assessment techniques; needs of a diverse body of learners; and instructional resources.

Teachers who are competent problem-solvers are prepared to meet the daily challenges of the special education and inclusion classroom, the school, and the community. They will demonstrate respect for diversity in educational settings- especially diversity in learning styles, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, and abilities.

Hear More From Our Students About Our Program

Our program offers two options:

M.S. Ed. in Childhood Special Education: 35-credit program for certified teachers that  leads to a recommendation for New York State certification in Special Education (grades 1-6).

M.S. Ed. Childhood General/Special Education: 44-credit program that allows students who are not currently certified teachers to enter the Master’s program and graduate with recommendations for New York State certification in two areas—one in Special Education (grades 1-6) and a second in General Education (grades 1-6).

Key Benefits of the program Include:

  • Flexible evening and weekend courses available
  • Affordable tuition with financial aid available to qualified students
  • Students receive an iPad at the start of the program
  • Extensive fieldwork opportunities
  • Emphasis on technology and assistive technology learning tools

Sample Program Curriculum

For Certified Teachers (35-credit program)

For Individuals Who Hold a Bachelor's Degree In An Area Other Than Education (44-credit program)

Applying for Admission

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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Vicki Ford Professorship of Special Education:

Our M.S. Ed programs are made possible by The Vicki Ford Professorship of Special Education.