Special Education, M.Ed.

Build on your existing certification to become a highly qualified teacher of students with disabilities. The innovative Special Education online program offers the busy teacher a rich and thorough curriculum through a flexible, virtual learning community.

Program Highlights

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Program Credits:
Select a Certification Track

Standard Completion Time
22 months
Classes 100% Online!

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


What Will I Learn?

Become an expert in using cutting-edge digital and assistive technologies, creating diagnostic and prescriptive data-based educational programs for students with disabilities, and engaging in sustainable and effective collaborative teaching models. Choose between three specialized tracks, based on your current certification.

Centered upon academically and culturally responsive pedagogy, this in-depth program will strengthen your skills in teaching K-12 students with a range of learning disabilities, challenging behaviors and complex learning challenges.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher


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

Who Will I Meet?

Amber Pollox

Amber Pollox '16

“This program has allowed me to grow in many ways as a professional, educator and learner. The professors are extremely helpful, caring, and accommodate for the needs of the students. I love the fact that it’s an online program. It allows students to continue to work while tending to their personal life and families. I couldn’t imagine myself continuing my education at any other college. It is a dream come true to receive an education from such an incredible team of professors.”


Diana Abbott, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

An educator invested in advancing the field of special education in practical ways, Diana has worked on several committees and groups for New York State Education Department and New York State Teacher Certification Examination, including her most recent work with the Task Force for developing the 7-12 Generalist Multi-Subject Exam as an expert in autism, neurobiology of dyslexia, psycho-educational assessment, and collaboration.  

Diana Abbott


Location & Start Dates


  • Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Application Deadlines & Deposits
    • Submit your complete application by May 1, 2019 and your deposit is $50.00
    • Submit your complete application by June 3, 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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