Master's Degree Program in Advanced Preparation in Special Education Overview
Prof. Timothy Lackaye
910 West Building
This is a 30-credit course of study leading to a master’s degree in Special Education: Advanced Preparation in Special Education as well as NYS Professional Certification in Childhood Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education. It is designed for teachers certified in special education who are seeking advanced preparation related to Special Education. The program offers three tracks, each designed for teachers certified in special education who are seeking advanced preparation related to Special Education: Learning Disabilities (LD), Behavior Disorders (BD) or Early Childhood Special Education. The program is for those with initial NYS teacher certification in Special Education who are in need of graduate work leading to a master's degree and Professional Certification in Childhood Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education. It is also for those who hold NYS teacher certification in special education and a master's degree (i.e. for those with professional or permanent certification at any age level of special education) who are seeking to further their knowledge/skills, gain additional graduate credits and at the same time add an extension, annotation, or additional age level certificate.
The purpose of this program is to provide an advanced master's program that encourages practicing special education teachers to continue their professional development via individually-tailored, in-depth and highly practical graduate preparation focused on effective practices and specially designed instruction in Special Education.
More Expert (and Highly-Qualified) Special Educators
Recent NYS Department of Education regulations require that teachers (like doctors) engage in ongoing professional development in order to maintain their certification. This requirement reflects the importance of teachers’ continuing to increase their knowledge and augment their skills well beyond their pre-service or early-service master’s programs. Teachers’ expertise – their depth of knowledge, instructional toolkit, honed skills, and commitment to their own and their students’ learning – is crucial to student progress in our schools. This advanced program can provide needed extension and refinement of special education skills.
Students must pass the School of Education technology assessment.