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 a variety of school settings including collaborative co-taught classrooms, small group intervention classes, and in administrative capacities as advocates for students with special needs.
Coursework & Fieldwork: Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.
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. In the first year, all classes are asynchronous. In the second year, only one class (student teaching/practicum – SPED 775) – in the last semester is synchronous.
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 – please indicate your interest in the all-online format or the on-campus/hybrid format.
- Two letters of recommendation
- An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report
The on-site program accepts applications for each Fall and Spring semester.
The all-online cohort accepts applications for each Fall semester, only and begins coursework each July.
To start your application, click here.
When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Special Education and Adolescent Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12).
Fall Start: March 15
Spring Start: October 15
Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.
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.