Adolescent Special Education Generalist
This master’s degree program is designed to prepare you to become a Special Education teacher to middle school and high school students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles and interests. Rather than focus on a specific subject area, graduates of this program are generalists. Special Education Generalists work in variety of school settings including collaborative co-taught classrooms, small group intervention classes, and in administrative capacities as advocates for students with special needs.
Certification: Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12
On Campus: A self-paced course of study that can be completed full-time or part-time. Students begin in the Fall or Spring semesters.
Online Cohort format: Beginning each July, students can follow a full-time all-online pathway to completion over 20 months.
Eligibility & Admission Requirements
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 or a master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.5.
- A liberal arts or sciences major or interdisciplinary concentration of at least 30 credits
- A liberal arts and sciences distributed to include: a minimum of 6 credits in English, 6 credits in political science, history, economics, or geography (with at least one course in history or geography); 6 credits in math (a college course in calculus meets this requirement), 6 credits in science, 3 credits in the arts, 6 credits in a language other than English (3 years of high school study in the same foreign language with grades of C or better documented by high school transcript will meet this requirement), and 3 credits in information retrieval (library studies, research, computer literacy, or educational technology)
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report
The on-site program accepts applications each Fall and Spring semester.
The all-online cohort accepts applications each Fall semester and begins coursework each July.
Begin your application. When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and Adolescent Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12).
If you have a master’s degree and hold New York State teacher certification in Childhood Special Education or Adolescent Education, you may be eligible for the Specialized Additional Teaching Certificate Program in Adolescent Special Education.