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M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education (Dual Certification)

Teacher and Student in ClassroomThis 48-credit Master of Science program prepares you for New York state certification in both Childhood Education and Special Education. You will learn to develop and teach innovative curricula for children in Grades 1 to 6, and to teach elementary school children with special needs, including mental handicaps, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, developmental disorders and physical disabilities. In addition, you will explore the historical, social and legal foundations of special education and receive extensive clinical experience by working with children with special needs. You will learn to identify the characteristics of youngsters with varying levels of learning difficulties and adapt instructional strategies and materials to fit their needs.

The program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying it meets 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.

In service to our local community, the Department of Special Education and Literacy houses two on-campus clinics for children with reading challenges and disabilities: the Literacy and Learning Development Center and the Center for Community Inclusion.

Program Goals

The Master of Science program is dedicated to preparing teachers who are:

  • Knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision-makers for students with special educational needs.
  • Skilled instructors who plan, implement and assess instruction for the general student population in grades 1-6.
  • Proficient in instructional technology including the knowledge of skills, strategies, software and hardware to be used in classroom management and computer-assisted instruction.
  • Knowledgeable in theories of learning and growth, content areas to be taught, and the theories, laws, procedures and programs related to the field of special education.
  • Collaborative and ethical decision-makers
  • Life-long learners committed to: intellectual growth, inquiry, professionalism, appreciation of diversity, and advocacy for students