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M.S. in Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

Teacher with Student in ClassroomThe 31-credit Master of Science in Teaching Students with Disabilities is designed for professional teachers to earn additional New York State certification in teaching students with disabilities at the childhood level, grades 1 to 6.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, the program is founded on scientifically based assessment and intervention strategies that enable teachers to meet the needs of students with disabilities in accordance with federal law and New York State Department of Education guidelines.

Students completing this program will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to teach children with disabilities in either an inclusion setting or in a self-contained classroom. Each course focuses on specific aspects of the teaching/learning process within and across the boundaries of the school environment, the home setting and the therapeutic facility.

In addition to intensive on-campus sessions, students also participate in a variety of field placements and in a practicum to give them valuable on-site experience. Critical topics addressed in the program include research trends and methodology, technology (assistive and instructional), behavioral approaches, instructional modifications, the New York State learning standards, and collaborative strategies.