Childhood and Special Education, M.Ed.

Prepare for New York State teaching certification and earn a Master of Education degree in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) or Adolescence in an affordable and flexible dual certification program developed for time-constrained adults.

Program Highlights


Designed for working teachers - hybrid option includes online classes!


allows students to network with area school administrators

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Program Credits: 45

Standard Completion Time
16 months

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

What Will I Learn?

You will study the latest research on how children learn, applying course content through field experience, simulations and student teaching. Universal design, technology, lesson planning, diversity, and field work are incorporated into a 45-credit, 4 semester program that equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to help children succeed in school.

Personal attention from caring faculty and comprehensive support services—including test review, interview preparation, certification coordination and placement services—help you succeed in making a difference in the lives of children and young adults.

This program is designed for students holding a bachelor’s degree in a content area.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Teacher



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

Alumni Success

Lori Garratt

Lori Garratt ’11

5th Grade Teacher, Canandaigua Elementary School

Nicole Matthis

Nicole Mathis '15

Special Education Teacher, Rochester City School District

Jacob Russell

Jacob Russell ’15

5th Grade Math/Science Teacher, Plato Academy in Clearwater, FL

Who Will I Meet?

Angeleen Tauriello

Angeleen Tauriello '16

“Being in the Roberts Teacher Education Master's Program has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. My love for teaching has flourished and I feel this program is truly molding me into a great a teacher."


Dr. Rachel Adams Goertel

Assistant Professor of Education, Teacher Education

Dr. Rachel Adams Goertel taught K-12 English and ESL for 12 years in CA and NY, after which she pursued her doctorate in English: Composition and TESOL. Her scholarly work focuses on linguistics and second language acquisition and includes her most recent article, "Prosodic Elements to Improve Pronunciation in English Language Learners" published in the Journal of Applied Research on English Language.

rachel adams


Location & Start Dates

Earn Initial Teacher Certification in Rochester, NY


  • Monday, August 26, 2019
      At Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by June 3, 2019 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by July 1, 2019 and your deposit is $125.00
    • After these dates the deposit is $200.00

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Adult and Graduate Admissions

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