M.S.Ed. Special Education

Contact Person
Dennis Conrad, Chair, Department of Inclusive & Special Education
204 Satterlee, (315) 267‐2916 (conradda@potsdam.edu)

The M.S.Ed. Inclusive & Special Education programs provide the academic preparation required for Initial/Professional certification in special education. Candidates begin programs in Special Education in the Fall semester only.

Course Requirements
A minimum of 36 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of any Master of Science in Education, Special Education degree. The 36 credit hours are to be divided as follows:

Required Courses30
(Courses offered: Su = Summer, F = Fall, Sp = Spring)
SPED 601 Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (F) 3
SPED 607 Educational Research: Critical Issues in Special Education (Sp) 3
SPED 609 Field Experience I (F) 1
SPED 612 Technology in Special Education (Su) 3
SPED 637 Diagnosis and Assessment of Educational Disabilities (F, Sp) 3
SPED 638 Teaching Reading for Students with Special Needs (Su, Sp) 3
SPED 640 Behavior Management for the Special  Educator (F)
SPED 649 Field Experience II (Sp) 1
SPED 650 Collaborative Consultation with Professionals and Parents (F)
SPED 669 Practicum (Su, F, Sp)
SPED 670 Culminating Experience (Su, F, Sp)
Program-Specific Course Requirements selected from A, B, C or D:

A. Early Childhood Special Education (Birth–Grade 2)
SPED 648 Strategies for Early Childhood Special Education (Sp)
Elective Course selected with advisor approval

B. Childhood Special Education (Grades 1–6)
SPED 646 Strategies for Teaching Elementary Students with Disabilities (Sp)
Elective Course selected with prior advisor approval

C. Adolescent Special Education (Grades 7–12, subject area)
SPED 646 Strategies for Teaching Elementary Students with Disabilities (Sp) 3
SPED 647 Strategies for Teaching Secondary Students with Disabilities (Sp) 3
Total credit hours     

Additional Degree and Program Information
Student progress is carefully monitored throughout the MSED Special Education programs based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions. Students are provided with information on program expectations in their first semester. Students not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their adviser and may be dropped from the program.  

Candidates may not elect S/U grading options for any required courses in their program.  

Candidates are expected to review all  Policies and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog, focusing on the specific information related to education programs.

In additional to completing all degree requirements, graduates will need to meet additional state testing and other requirements to be eligible for Initial/Professional certification. Questions about any additional certification requirements should be addressed to the Office of Teacher Certification and Field Experiences, 111 Satterlee Hall.

Completion of More Than One Certification Program
Most students will complete one of the above degree programs at the level of their original general education certificate; however, because of the design of the special education degree programs, it is possible to complete more than one certification program with the addition of one or more courses. Students interested in this option should consult their advisor at the beginning of their program of studies to assure that both programs can be completed.

For candidates pursuing Early Childhood Special Education:
To add Childhood certification: complete SPED 646 in lieu of elective. 

For candidates pursuing Childhood Special Education:
To add Early Childhood certification: complete SPED 648.

For candidates pursuing Adolescent Childhood Special Education:
To add Childhood certification: there are no additional requirements;
Note: a major in an acceptable  academic discipline is required.