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Program Director: Susan Hildenbrand
Office: RCW 108
Phone: (585) 385-7297

M.S. in Special Education Adolescence Education/Special Education Generalist Certification (Grades 7-12)

This program prepares teachers who are initially certified in an adolescence content area and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities and results in the Master of Science in Special Education. (30 credits)

M.S. Special Education Adolescence Education/Special Education Generalist Certification Degree Requirements

Please Note: The Graduate Catalog contains the most current M.S. in Special Education: Adolescence program requirements, including course descriptions.

Note: Requires initial or provisional adolescence certification


Course Name

Credit Hours

GEDU 526

Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling


GRDG 507

Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Adolescence


GRDG 634

Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas


GSED 500

Critical Issues in Inclusive Education


GSED 501

Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools


GSED 502

Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom


GSED 512

Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence


GSED 516

Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom


GSED 556

Field Experience III (50 Hours)


GSED 595

Research in Special Education and Capstone Project


GSED 651

Practicum in Special Education: Adolescence



Total credit hours:


New York State Requirements: Adolescence Certificates

Candidates who are seeking the Adolescence and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist Certificate are required to have prior certification in any New York State area (out of state candidates should contact Graduate Admissions). Candidates who are seeking the Special Education Generalist 7-12 Certificate must have an adequate knowledge base for teaching the New York State Learning Standards. This includes 24 credits of coursework in English language arts (6 credits); social studies (6 credits); science (6 credits); and mathematics (6 credits).

Transcripts are reviewed prior to admission to determine adequate preparation for the program. Candidates with inadequate preparation will be required to take additional coursework in these core content areas prior to obtaining certification.

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