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M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education

The Master of Science in Childhood Education/Special Education is designed for candidates who have a bachelor's degree and who seek dual certification in childhood and special education for grades 1-6.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Program Highlights

  • Completed in only 5 semesters (just 21 months)
  • Program is best suited for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a discipline OTHER than education who now want to teach, such as:
    • Working professionals interested in changing careers
    • Recent college graduates who want to become teachers
    • This program is available to graduates from any bachelor's level major
  • Classes meet one evening per week and every other Friday evening/Saturday. Students can work in full-time positions while enrolled in program.
  • 42 credit hour program, which includes field experiences and student teaching
  • Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Supportive environment which includes:
    • Small class sizes
    • Personal attention
    • Job placement assistance through the Career Center

Applicants are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor to have a transcript evaluation done to review undergraduate credit for NY State Certification.

General Application Requirements

To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher certification (or educational leadership certification) programs that will start on or after July 1, 2016 must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)*:

*The only exceptions to the admission requirement of a standardized exam (GRE, MAT, ASLT) for M.S. programs is one of the following:

  • An applicant already has a master's degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater; or
  • An applicant already has a Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g. Ed.D. or J.D.)

M.S. in Childhood Education/Special Education

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

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