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M.S.Ed. Special Education



The Master of Science in Education in Special Education is recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children and accredited by NCATE. All programs are registered with the New York State Education Department and lead to initial certification in one of the following three areas: Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2), Childhood (Grade 1-6), or Adolescent

(Grade 7-12). Please note that students may also receive certification at both the Early Childhood and Childhood levels. Program start date: Fall.

Students enrolled in this selective program complete their coursework with the same peer cohort, affording them a unique opportunity to build relationships and collaborate with fellow students throughout the program. Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty fosters positive relationships. Students also have the opportunity to gain direct hands-on field experiences with students with disabilities under the mentorship of the classroom teacher and college supervisor. Part-time study is available.

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies

Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment

Satterlee 238

(315) 267-2165
graduate@potsdam.edu

Program-Related Information
Dennis Conrad

Chair, Inclusive and Special Education

Satterlee 204

(315) 267-2916
conradda@potsdam.edu

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 36 credit hours:

SPED 601, Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

SPED 607, Educational Research: Critical Issues in Special Education

SPED 609, Field Experience I

SPED 612, Technology in Special Education

SPED 637, Diagnosis and Assessment of Educational Disabilities

SPED 638, Teaching Reading for Students with Special Needs

SPED 640, Behavior Management for the Special Educator

SPED 649, Field Experience II

SPED 650, Collaborative Consultation with Professionals and Parents

SPED 669, Practicum

SPED 670, Culminating Experience

Program Specific Course Requirements: 6 credit hours

Early Childhood (Birth ? Grade 2):

SPED 648, Strategies for Early Childhood Special Education

Elective Course selected with advisor approval

Childhood (Grades 1?6):

SPED 646, Strategies for Teaching Elementary Students with Disabilities

Elective Course selected with advisor approval

Adolescent (Grades 7?12):

SPED 646, Strategies for Teaching Elementary Students with Learning / Behavioral Disabilities

SPED 647, Strategies for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities

Admissions FAQs

36
credits

Minimum Credits

11
months

Approximate minimum time to complete (assumes full time attendance)

Rolling
rolling

Deadline to submit application materials

Fall
fall

Start date
 

“My favorite thing about the program was the small classes and the personal attention that I got in regards to my academics. Whenever I needed help, there was always someone there willing to help. I also really enjoyed how much technology is  stressed in the program.”