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About the Program

Teaching students with special needs in elementary school requires dedication and knowledge. The 30-credit Master of Science in Education in Special Education (M.S.Ed.) will prepare you to create effective learning environments for three types of students: mentally handicapped, emotionally disturbed and learning disabled. These three areas of specialization are incorporated into one comprehensive program that covers grades 1 to 6.

You will study classroom management and the diagnosis and correction of learning disabilities. You will learn about inclusion techniques - a trend toward keeping special education children in regular classes while also providing additional assistance in that setting. Elective courses include the use of technology in special education, understanding the neurologically impaired child, and the psychology and education of autistic children. Supervised student-teaching opportunities will give you real-world experience with this special population.

The M.S.Ed. in Special Education (Grades 1-6) Program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, signifying the program of study meets the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in public and private schools. Please refer to the NYSED certification website ( ) for the most up to date changes in certification requirements.