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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Masters in Special Education?

The graduate programs in Special Education at Saint Rose are designed to meet a variety of candidates’ professional needs. Whether you are seeking initial certification for teaching pupils with special needs or more advanced study of special education, a specialized sequence of coursework will meet those outcomes. All Special Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

We offer a variety of programs for certification across different areas of concentration. As one of Saint Rose’s more robust programs, all of our options offer full-year paid internships for selected students.

Program Highlights

  • Each MSEd program will result in a master’s degree, initial certification in special education and qualify you for New York State professional certification.
  • The Master of Science in Special Education provides multiple preparation options for becoming certified teachers of students with disabilities in New York State across all grade levels.
  • You will develop effective teaching methods and instructional strategies for facilitating academic success for learners with disabilities.
  • The program prepares you to be a special education professional who is able to address the needs of all learners as you develop knowledge and skills in behavior, cognition, communication, assessment, individualized planning, advocacy, and collaboration.
  • You will have multiple opportunities to carry out your fieldwork in schools prior to completing your final capstone student teaching experience.
  • The integration of research, theory and practice is reflected in your courses that emphasize evidence-based practices for the schools.
  • If you have initial certification in early childhood, childhood or adolescence education or a content area such as music, art or physical education, we have programs to meet your specific needs.
  • If you are pursuing teaching for the first time, our dual certification programs will provide you with certification and preparation in both general education and special education.
  • If you are already certified in special education and general education as undergraduates and wish to have more in-depth study with a specialization or gain eligibility to certify to a different grade level, we can create an individualized program to meet your needs.

Special Education Degree and Certificate Highlights

Program Options

We offer a variety of programs for certification across different areas of concentration for those who already have a teacher certificate as well as those who need to earn a teacher certificate. As one of Saint Rose’s more robust programs, all of our masters degree options offer full-year paid internships for selected students.
 

Already have a teacher certificate?

 
#1: MSEd in Special Education: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)

  • This program is designed for candidates who hold provisional elementary education or initial early childhood certification at the time of acceptance into the program. This program leads to initial certification in special education at the birth-grade 2 level.

#2: MSEd in Special Education: Childhood (Grades 1-6)

  • This program is designed for candidates who hold provisional elementary education or initial childhood certification at the time of acceptance into the program. This program leads to initial certification in special education at the grades 1-6 level.

#3: MSEd in Special Education: Adolescence (Grades 7-12) Generalist

  • The Special Education Adolescence (Grades 7-12) Generalist Program is designed for students who hold provisional certification in secondary education or initial certification in adolescence education at the time of acceptance to the program. Students with the following content emphases may apply to this program option: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies or Spanish.

#4: MSEd in Collaborative Support Teacher in Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12)

  • The Collaborative-Support Teacher in Special Education Generalist (Adolescence Level) is designed to prepare educators who have previous preparation and certification in related fields of teaching outside of adolescence education and wish to become certified in special education at the adolescence level (Grades 7-12).

#5: MSEd in Special Education Professional

  • This program is designed for candidates who hold provisional special education or initial special education certification and seek to deepen their knowledge of special education content. Possible concentrations include: Behavioral and social-emotional challenges, High-incidence disabilities, Low-incidence disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, Early childhood special needs, and Inclusive education roles and responsibilities.

Certificate: CAS in Special Education

  • This non-degree certificate-only program is open only to candidates holding a master’s degree or those earning a master’s degree in another area of education. Candidates must hold New York State teacher certification in early childhood, childhood, or adolescence education. Candidates must select coursework that corresponds to the initial level of certification. View Gainful Employment information related to this certificate program.
Need to earn a teacher certificate?

 
#1: MSEd in Childhood Education/Special Education: Grades 1-6

  • This program is designed for candidates who have already received a 4-year degree from an accredited college in a field other than education and are interested in pursuing special education and inclusive education at the graduate level. Upon graduation, candidates are eligible for certification in New York State in both special and general education.

#2: MSEd in Adolescence Education/Special Education: Grades 7-12

  • This program is designed for candidates who have already received a 4-year degree from an accredited college in a field other than education and are interested in pursuing special education and inclusive education at the graduate level. Upon graduation, candidates are eligible for certification in New York State in both special and general education.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of a graduate program in Special Education at The College of Saint Rose, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate respect for their students as unique individuals;
  • Create safe and supportive learning environments within a variety of school settings where cultural understanding, safety and emotional well-being, positive social interactions and active engagement in learning occur;
  • Identify ways that typical and atypical language development and cultural and linguistic differences can affect language comprehension, social interactions and academic success and use strategies to enhance language and social development, teach communication skills, and supplement understanding of subject matter;
  • Use multiple types of assessment tools for a variety of educational decisions;
  • Develop long-range Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs);
  • Demonstrate understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of the discipline(s) they teach and create units of instruction and lesson plans related to the New York State Education Department Learning Standards;
  • Use a variety of evidence-based instructional strategies to provide group and individual instruction incorporating technology into the instructional process to support learner outcomes;
  • Collaborate with families, students, other educators, related service providers and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways;
  • Demonstrate understanding and ability to use knowledge regarding the legal rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, and other professionals within schools;
  • Incorporate the elements of professionalism into their teaching;
  • Demonstrate understanding of research through application to their professional practice.