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M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education: Concentration in Autism

The 51-credit program leads to dual New York State certification in childhood education (grades 1 to 6) and special education with a concentration in autism. Courses include psychological and social foundations of education; math, science and social studies methods; and curriculum and assessment. In addition, students take specialized courses in developmental reading, study of the exceptional child, literacy for children with disabilities, behavior management for children with autism, diagnosis and treatment of autism, language disorders, and curriculum-based assessment. Professors with extensive experience and expertise lead small classes, and the program places considerable emphasis on field study and practicum. A minimum of 150 hours of field experience are required prior to student teaching.