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Initial Adolescence & Special Education - Overview

Initial Adolescence/Special Education Generalist, M.Ed.

  • With Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12)
  • Content Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, Physics

*Students enter this program in the Fall and Spring Semesters

The Initial Certification in Adolescence with Special Education program is designed for candidates holding a bachelor's degree in one of the following content areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, or Spanish. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for teaching adolescents (grades 7-12) in their content areas. The program is designed for post-baccalaureate students seeking both Initial Certification from New York State and a Master of Education degree.

Education with a focus on the Student

The focus of this program is to learn how to teach the many types of learners found in today's secondary classrooms. Throughout the program, students will study the pertinent research on how pupils learn and will integrate course content through field experience, simulations, and student teaching.

This exciting, dynamic new program is a 45-credit, 4-semester program leading to dual certification (Initial Adolescence with Students with Disabilities grades 7-12) in the candidates' content area. Courses are carefully designed and sequenced. They will be taught using a team approach, with expertise from General Education, Special Education, and Literacy working in combination. All courses in Development strand incorporate universal design, technology, lesson planning, diversity, field work, and research in meaningful ways.

Program Structure/Schedule

Full time students take 12 credits each of their first three semesters and nine credits their fourth and final semester. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks; summer semester will be 12 weeks. 150 hours of field observation/participation experience (OPE) are required by New York State. Students do one placement for 50 hours in the fall semester; one placement for 50 hours from mid-January - mid-March; and one placement of 50 hours from April - mid-June. Cohorts begin fall or spring semester; each cohort will be guided by a team of faculty that reviews student progress throughout their program; provides test preparation for the CST-SPED, ATS-W and LAST; provides SAVE and Child Abuse training; monitors thesis/projects; and reviews student portfolios during their Capstone Seminar.

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