Special Education & Literacy

Department of Special Education and Literacy

The Department of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post prepares students for New York State certification as special education teachers and literacy specialists.  Candidates who already have initial teacher certification in childhood education can select from three Master of Science degree programs: Literacy; Special Education; and Special Education with a Concentration in Autism. The Department also offers dual certification programs which prepare students who are not initially certified for certification in two specialty areas: Childhood Education (Grades 1 to 6) and either Special Education or Literacy.
The mission of the Department of Special Education and Literacy is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and research in the fields of special education and literacy for the benefit of students as well as public and private schools and agencies in the Long Island and metropolitan New York Community. The Department provides premier instructional, applied research, and public service programming in an open and welcoming environment. We fulfill our commitment to quality by using advanced instructional technologies, fostering lifelong learning, promoting cultural diversity, and working in partnership with our service communities.

The Special Education Program prepares students to create effective learning environments for students who face a variety of challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, and learning disabilities, in grades 1 to 6. Coursework includes classroom management, functional assessment of behavior, diagnosis and correction of learning disabilities, and use of inclusion techniques.

The Literacy Program leads to New York State certification as a Literacy Teacher and prepares students to work in schools and clinical settings as Literacy Specialists. Students learn to teach reading and written communications, develop reading curricula, evaluate student progress, and identify students in need of corrective and remedial instruction. Participants develop skills and clinical experience for communicating with parents and the expertise to evaluate district-wide reading programs.

Graduate Program
M.S. in Literacy (Birth to Grade 6)
M.S. in Special Education
M.S. in Special Education (Autism)
M.S. in Childhood Education / Literacy (Grades 1-6)
M.S. in Childhood Education / Special Education (Grades 1-6)

TEAC Acccredited

LIU Post's Special Education and Literacy programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying they meet the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in pre-K through grade 12 schools.


Literacy & Learning Development Center


Post Technology in Education Learning Lab



College of Education, Information, and Technology
Dr. Albert Inserra, Dean