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M.S. in Adolescence/Special Education Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Adolescence Education/Special Education is designed for candidates who have a bachelor's degree and who seek dual initial certification in special education and one of the following fields for grades 7-12: biology, chemistry, English, French, mathematics, physics, social studies, or Spanish.

M.S. in Adolescence/Special Education Dual Certification

The M.S. program includes 42 credit hours of coursework, field experiences, and student teaching as outlined below. The number of credits is indicated in parentheses at the end of each course title.


  • GAED 528 - The Adolescent (3)
  • GAED 533 - Field Experience I (50 Hours) (0)
  • GAED 534 - Field Experience II (50 Hours) (0)
  • GEDU 501 - Issues in Student Health and Safety (0)
  • GEDU 520 - History and Philosophy of Education (3)
  • GEDU 526 - Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling (3)
  • GRDG 507 - Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Adolescence (3)
  • GRDG 534 - Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 512 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 556 - Field Experience III (0)
  • GSED 586 - Student Teaching Seminar: Special Education and Adolescence (0)
  • GSED 591 - Student Teaching: Special Education and Adolescence (6)
  • Choose ONE content methods course:
    • GAED 541 - Effective Practice in Social Studies Education (3)
    • GAED 542 - Effective Practice in English Education (3)
    • GAED 543 - Effective Practice in LOTE Education (3)
  • Choose ONE content methods course:
    • GAED 537 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Social Studies Education (3)
    • GAED 538 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in English Education (3)
    • GAED 539 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in LOTE Education (3)
  • Choose ONE culminating content-based course:
    • GAED 561 - Research in Social Studies Education (3)
    • GAED 562 - Research in English Education (3)
    • GAED 563 - Research in LOTE Education (3)

Total: 42 credits

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Field experiences are required for certification and the master's degree. Candidates must complete 150 hours of field work before student teaching.

Student teaching is full-time for 14 weeks and includes two placements - one as a special education teacher and one as a general education teacher in grades 7-12. One of the placements will be in a high-needs school.

To qualify for student teaching, candidates must:

  • Complete all degree requirements with the exception of GAED 561 or 562 or 563
  • Complete the NYS requirements for the adolescence content area - English, LOTE, or social studies
  • Complete all New York State teacher certification examinations

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.

Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog.