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Shape the future through life-changing education.

Become a New York State certified teacher in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) through this affordable and flexible dual certification program, developed for working adults who want to become teachers.

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Do you need questions about the program and the admissions process answered? Reach out via email at age-admissions@roberts.edu or schedule an appointment with our Adult & Graduate Enrollment Representative.

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  • August 26, 2024
    Hybrid only
  • January 13, 2025
    Hybrid only

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Program Details

15-week semesters

16 months full-time
28 months part-time

20 students

Why Choose M.Ed. at Roberts?

Earning a master's degree in Childhood and Special Education puts you at the forefront of student learning research and curriculum formulation. The responsibilities of a teacher are wide-ranging, so our faculty at the Roberts Wesleyan University intensively focus on classroom training, practicum experience, and field placement for all students who want to commit their careers to education.

According to recent data from the Office of Special Education, America has a profound need for education professionals.

Our Childhood and Special Education degree program helps graduates foster vibrant careers and earn dual certification. Also, our graduates learn the skills to support students in all content areas. Our Childhood and Special Education programs teach students skills to help families, formulate creative planned lessons and teaching strategies, and become more efficient educators with the aid of technology.

Program Highlights

Work-friendly schedule (evening and online classes with full/part-time options)

Interview prep with local principals and superintendents

Faculty coaching through the certification process

Review sessions for certification exams

Teacher Immersion Fellowship Program (paid work in schools while enrolled)

Career Outlook


  • Teacher


  • Rochester City School District
  • Charter Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Our Approach to Childhood & Special Education

Shape the future through life-changing education.

Our approach to elementary and special education covers the teaching strategies our graduates need to excel in the classroom. Students respond to a broad range of teaching styles and our future teachers learn to utilize various teaching metho ds and models to support students.

Introducing the Fundamentals of Elementary Education

Students are introduced to the foundations of special education, literacy, and lesson planning. As a learner, you will learn to support and respect diversity in the elementary classroom setting.

Inclusive Education

As a teacher, you must identify the strengths and needs of each student and create an inclusive classroom that fosters a healthy learning environment for everyone.

In your program, you will learn to utilize data-driven instruction to identify instructional methods and interventions to support student growth and skill development.

Teaching Children in the Information Age

Our program features courses enabling educators and students to function in the changing landscape of the information age.

As a student, we'll equip you with the knowledge and practical experience to guide growing students through the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes they'll experience as they step into adolescence. You'll be aware of the impacts of their communities, previous school, and family on the construction of their identity.

You will learn how to create a lesson plan and utilize instructional technology.

Placement Programs That Turn Science and Theory Into Action

In your final term at the Roberts Wesleyan University, our student teaching program will offer you a placement in a classroom setting. Before graduating, you will attend Capstone Seminars and learn situational problem solving through analysis, role-playing, and writing reflection papers under the supervision of highly trained practitioners.

Related Majors

Adolescence and Special Education, M.Ed. - Prepare for New York State teaching certification and earn a Masters in Adolescence Education, as well as a Masters in Adolescence Special Education (Grades 7-12) in an affordable and flexible dual certification program developed for time constrained adults.
School Psychology, M.S. - Our Masters in School Psychology program prepares students to evaluate, diagnose, and treat children and adolescents, in consultation with parents and teachers.
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