Special Education

M.S. in Special Education (Teachers of Students with Disabilities)

Special education teachers work with students who have mild to moderate disabilities. The teacher develops an individualized program for each student that is appropriate to his or her learning ability and style. Most often special education teachers are employed in elementary, middle or secondary schools. Upon graduation, you'll become eligible for initial teaching certification. Certified teachers can use this master's degree program for professional certification.

Degree Programs

D'Youville offers two master's degree programs in Special Education, intended for candidates who wish to be Teachers of Students with Disabilities (TSWD) in either childhood or adolescence education:

M.S. Special Education/Childhood Education (Grade 1-6)

M.S. Special Education/Adolescence Education (Grade 7-12)

Dual Certification

D'Youville College offers students interested in special education the opportunity to earn a master's degree and dual teaching certification in special education and general education in as little as 16 months. Dual certification can give you a distinct advantage when applying for a teaching position. In addition, our master's degree program meets the advanced degree requirement for NYSED.

D'Youville Advantages

  • Enjoy small classes and engaging faculty with numerous years of teaching in grades K-12
  • Benefit from expert faculty who are readily available to students. Our tenured faculty hold doctoral degrees and have distinguished themselves through research, publications, conference presentations and teaching.
  • Learn and work collaboratively with our diverse student body. Our graduate students range in age from 22 to over 50 years of age and come from a variety of educational backgrounds.

Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for these programs.

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