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M.S. in Special Education
  • Semesters to completion: 3
  • Fieldwork hours: 150
  • Fisher family:1

M.S. in Special Education: Severe or Multiple Disabilities

The graduate-level special education program at Fisher prepares teachers for distinguished careers in special education and is designed for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of special education laws and best practices, with a focus on students with severe or multiple disabilities.

Applicants to the program must hold initial dual certification in childhood/special education or adolescence/special education. The program includes a four-course module to build teacher leader skills in special education.

Transfer and Graduate Information Session

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Interact with faculty, staff, and current students; tour labs, classrooms, and new facilities; and get essential information about the admissions process.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building

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Program Overview

The 30 credit-hour (10 classes) master's program features integrated coursework and practicum and is completed in three semesters. Materials within classes are tailored to fit the specific grade levels (childhood or adolescence) you will teach.

The program is offered in a hybrid format with a combination of online and in-seat courses in a supportive learning environment. 

The program can be used for NYS professional certification requirements. Additionally, the Severe or Multiple Disabilities Annotation will attach to your grade level initial certification.

I loved each field placement and it was in these field experiences that I gathered many of the resources I use in my own classroom today. ”

Kimberly Brown
  • Kimberly Brown '16
  • ELA Teacher, Rochester City School District

My Fisher experience was a whirlwind, exciting, frightening, inspiring, all undertaken while working and with young children. I wouldn't change one bit of the experience or where it has led me. ”

Mark Denecke
  • Mark Denecke '09
  • Fifth Grade Teacher, East Rochester Elementary School

My favorite thing about the program was moving through my classes with my cohort. The structure of the program allowed us to really become close and support one another, and our diversity added so much to my learning and professional connections. ”

Abigail Jones
  • Abigail Jones '14
  • Special Education Teacher, Indian Landing Elementary School

Teaching has always been a dream of mine, and thanks to the wonderful professors in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, I get to have that dream come true every day. ”

Kerri Kephart
  • Kerri Kephart '16
  • 6th Grade Science Teacher, Greece Athena Middle School