Special Education Graduate Programs in New York

Dec 02, 2018

There is no shortage of special education programs at the graduate certificate, master's and doctoral levels in New York. Find out about the different specialty programs that are available and some of their graduation requirements.

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Several schools in New York, especially in or near New York City, offer multiple degree and/or certificate programs in the field of special education. Some of these programs are designed for initial certification, dual certification and/or professional certification. Learn more about the diverse degree programs available in the state.

New York Schools with Graduate Programs in Special Education

New York University

New York University in New York City offers 2 Master of Arts (MA) degree programs in special education for students who already have teaching certification and 5 different master's degree programs in the field for prospective teachers. Most of the master's programs for prospective teachers are MA degree programs that provide students with dual certification in a specific age group and/or content area and special education. The 2 MA programs for current teachers provide professional certification in special education for early childhood (birth to 2nd grade) or 1st to 6th grade and each require 30 credit hours. These programs usually require observation hours, student teaching and/or field placements for hands-on training.

Hunter College-CUNY

Hunger College-CUNY in New York City has a wide range of graduate certificate and master's degree programs in special education, including dual certification programs. Students can choose from degree programs in areas like blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, adolescent special education and applied behavior analysis and advanced certification in areas such as severe and multiple disabilities, behavior disorders and learning disabilities. Students in these programs are trained to work in a wide range of settings, like public and private schools, clinics, residential facilities and hospitals, and with diverse ages, cultures, abilities and languages. Many of the programs also provide flexibility in coursework to accommodate working professionals.

Niagara University

Niagara University in New York provides an online or on-campus Master of Science (MS) in Special Education for Grades 1 to 6 or Grades 7 to 12. Students may also choose to pursue an Advanced Certificate in Teaching Students with Disabilities, which is also available online, or an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities. The MS degree requires 40 credit hours and meets requirements for certification in New York. The Advanced Certificate requires 24 credits, while the Annotation requires 12 credit hours.

Mercy College

Mercy College, with campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, Dobbs Ferry and Yorktown Heights, provides coursework in applied behavior analysis and MS programs in teaching students with disabilities for early childhood and childhood as well as from birth to grade 6 and early childhood. The MS program that specializes in early childhood and childhood requires 42 credits and a student teaching experience or final capstone/clinical experience. The MS with a focus on birth to grade 6 and early childhood also requires a teaching experience or final capstone/clinical experience, but takes 48 credit hours to complete. Both programs lead to initial or professional certification in the field.

University at Albany-State University of New York

Albany University at Albany offers a variety of master's degree programs, online Advanced Graduate Certificate programs and a doctoral degree in educational psychology and methodology with a special education concentration. Master's degree programs are available in special education, special education and literacy, inclusion and inclusion and special education. The various master's programs are specifically designed depending on students' interests and qualifications (initial certification or not), vary from 35 to 43 credits and may be offered in full- or part-time formats, depending on the program. The doctoral program focuses on research and requires 66 credit hours and a dissertation.

Common Entrance Requirements

Admission requirements may vary slightly for graduate programs in special education in New York based on the degree level, type of program and educational background of the applicant. Students who already have state certification in education and are applying to programs that require certification usually need to include copies of their certification(s) and/or certification test scores. Some graduate programs in special education may require students to meet a particular GPA requirement, include GRE scores and/or participate in an interview process. Other common application materials for these programs include official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and/or a resume.

The state of New York provides students wishing to study special education with a wide range of certificate, master's and doctoral degree programs with various specializations within the field. Some of these programs may be available in flexible online or part-time formats for working professionals.

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