M.S.Ed. Special Education

Admissions requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) in most recent 60 credits of study.
  • A letter of intent written by the applicant, discussing why you wish to develop your knowledge and skills in the field of special education, in addition to the personal attributes you possess that will help you meet the challenges of the graduate program.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Submission of a teaching certificate, indicating preparation in general education curriculum at the level of the program for which application is being made.
  • Certain coursework may be required as a component to individual admission, as determined at the time of application.

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.

Contact Information

Admissions / General Information
Center for Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment
Satterlee 238
(315) 267-2165

Program-Related Information
Dennis Conrad
Chair, Inclusive and Special Education
Satterlee 204
(315) 267-2916

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

The GRE Exam (or equivalent) is required for all teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking certification (for applicants seeking admission for Fall 2015 forward). All other graduate programs, including non-certification options, do not require this exam. More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting www.gre.org. SUNY Potsdam’s code for sending score reports is 2545.

Uniqueness of Program

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.