Admissions Requirements

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Study        
  2. Submission of a Letter of Intent, attached to the Graduate application, written by the applicant and which clearly answers the following questions:          
    • Discuss why you wish to develop your knowledge and skills in the field of special education?            
    • What personal attributes do you possess that will help you meet the challenges of this graduate program?            
  3. Submission of an official transcript of an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited NCATE institution or a comparable preparation program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.
  4. Submission of three letters of recommendation (including at least one recommendation focusing on teaching performance) from persons who can provide information about the academic potential of the applicant (e.g., former or current professors, school administrators); using the required form.   
  5. Valid certification indicating preparation in general education curriculum at level of the program for which application is being made.
    • In accordance with New York state certification regulations, applicants for certification in special education must have preparation in general education at the level they are seeking in special education.
    • For example, an applicant holding an Elementary Education certificate valid for Grades PK-6 is eligible to complete Special Education programs at the Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2), or Childhood (Grades 1-6) or Middle Childhood (Grades 5-9) levels.
    • Students with certifications such as music, art, physical education, speech, business etc., should consult with the Chair of the Department of Inclusive & Special Education.


  • Preparation in general reading methods (at least 6 credits)        
  • An introductory course in special education (3 credits)        
  • Evidence of a minimum of 50 hours of field experience, and at least 20 days of student teaching