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.

Credits: 36-48

Certification: Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12

Program Format

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

To Apply

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).

Related Programs

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.

Contact an Admissions Advisor

Faculty Coordinator

Gina Riley