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M.S.Ed. in Special Education - Grades 7-12


What will I learn?

Our program allows you to:

Focus on multiple ways to teach children identified with special needs
Develop abilities to work with other child-oriented professionals in a variety of settings (e.g., classroom, inclusion, and resource room)
Explore innovative approaches to interdisciplinary teaching across content areas
Plan, implement, and reflect on instruction that meets the diverse needs of students
Develop knowledge and skills to assess and respond to student learning
Create engaging and supportive learning communities
Promote ways to support and learn from families

What is Unique About Our Program?

Our early childhood and elementary M.S.Ed. programs are geared toward individuals who already hold an undergraduate degree and certificate in education.
For the grades 7–12 program, a B.S. or B.A in a field other than education is sufficient pending a transcript evaluation.
These programs satisfy the requirement for a master’s degree as required by NYSED (New York State Education Department) for professional certification
Flexible: Study full-time or part-time in convenient afternoon, evening, or online courses
Master core pedagogy while engaging in content-specific work
Tailored programs and electives allow you to pursue your unique interests and focus on areas of particular need, such as instructional technology, literacy and children’s literature
Engage in field experience connected to your coursework

What Are My Career Opportunities?

Special educators are in high demand throughout New York and across the country.

Special educators in the grade range specified by your program
Providers of AIS (Academic Intervention Services) who focus on instruction of learners with special needs

Our mission, guided by the mission of the Education Unit, is to educate candidates with the specialized knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to meeting the educational needs of students in a dynamic world. A key part of that education is the cultivated understanding of the interrelationship between academic content, pedagogical application, continued learning and the moral and political considerations of working with students.

Our education programs aspire to prepare teachers and school leaders who are competent, confident and professionally dedicated to the public educational mission.

Which department am I in?

School of Education, Health and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (34-43 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2023


School of Education, Health and Human Services

400 Sibley Hall,

101 Broad Street,


New York,

12901, United States

Online/Distance (34-43 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution; a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Those with a B.S. or B.A. in related fields may pursue an M.S. Ed in Special Education - Grades 7 to 12 Generalist (Curr: 8063). Those with an initial teaching certificate in a content discipline may pursue an M.S. in Special Education - Grades 7 to 12 Generalist with a content extension (Curr: 8063). All applicants for the M.S.Ed. in Special Education - Grades 7 to 12 will be subject to a transcript review to meet SED mandates.

In addition, they may need to demonstrate English proficiency via a TOEFL score of 550 PBT, 83 IBT or 7.5 IELTS, or better.

Rolling Admission

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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