Recent New York State regulations require that candidates wishing to become special educators must also be certified in a particular grade range.
The M.S. in Childhood Special Education is an in-service program for candidates who already hold initial (provisional) certification in childhood (elementary) education.
For candidates who hold no certification or hold certification in an area other than elementary and/or special education, the department offers the dual major in Special Education in Inclusive Settings. This program awards initial NYS teacher certification in both Childhood Education, grades 1–6 and Special Education, grades 1–6.
The Department has also prepared a graduate program in Childhood Special Education Studies that does not lead to teaching certification. This is a 33-credit program that follows the same sequence of courses as the program in Childhood Special Education outlined below with the exclusion of the student teaching semester. This program fulfills the needs of foreign students or others seeking a graduate degree in special education who do not seek public school certification within the United States.
Please Note: None of these programs are available for candidates who already hold provisional or initial certification in special education. Candidates who already hold provisional or initial certification in special education must take a graduate program in a different certification area, such as Literacy or TESOL, in order to achieve permanent/professional certification.
Please consult an adviser for recommended course sequences, fieldwork requirements, and other program requirements.