Catalog
2014-15

Special Education

Students with Disabilities

Elizabeth M. Kosky, Ed.D.
Program Director

  • Master of Science in Education - Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6
  • Master of Science in Education - Dual Childhood / Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6
  • Masters of Science in Education - Adolescence / Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12 
  • Bachelors of Science/Master of Science in Education - Dual Childhood / Students with Disabilities (Five Year Program) Grades 1-6         
  • Bachelors of Science/Master of Science in Education - Dual Adolescence/Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 Ext. English; Math; Social Studies (Five Year Program)
  • Professional Diploma - Bilingual Education Extension 
  • Professional Diploma - Bilingual Education Advanced Certificate
  • Certificate - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Certificate - Consultant Teacher

Master of Science in Education

Admission

For admission into the master degree Students with Disabilities program, applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree and must have suitable preparation in the behavioral sciences. Consideration will be given for teaching experience and other applicable experience. Students who possess a bachelor degree but do not hold provisional/initial teaching certification must pass the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)  to be eligible for matriculation. They must also meet the New York State Education requirements in English, Math, Science, Foreign Language and Social Studies. Students will be required to fulfill these requirements and pass the Educating All Students test (EAS), edTPA (Teaching Performance Assessment) and required CSTs as a prerequisite for recommendation for certification.

A Narrative Statement of Interest in the Student with Disabilities Program, recommendation and resume are required.  An interview with the Director of Graduate Special Education is recommended prior to admission.

Program

The degree program for candidates with childhood level certification consists of 37 credits of course work, which includes the practicum, a major paper and Students with Disabilities program e-portfolio.

The program provides a broad base of knowledge and experience to enable students to teach at risk, English Language Learners [ELL], mentally retarded, learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, autistic, physically disabled, neurologically impaired, and multiply disabled individuals in special education or inclusive settings. The individual courses are designed to develop certain knowledge, dispositions, and skills required to meet Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math and NYS standards for Social Studies and Science (Grades 1-6). Students are expected to consult with the Program Director regarding courses and progress.

Course participants are responsible for giving evidence of having acquired the required competencies and met standards through periodic performance reviews, e-portfolio, completion of course and program requirements and for maintaining a B or better average in course work.

New York State Certification

At the time of publication of this catalog, the Master of Science degree (Students with Disabilities) fulfills all the academic requirements for certification as a Students with Disabilities teacher. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Education degree, DASA, Autism, SAVE and Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting requirements the student will fulfill the academic requirements for initial teacher certification. Students who do not possess initial certification are required by the New York State Education Department to pass the NYS Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS) and edTPA. When students have completed the degree requirements and passed the required CST exams, they will be recommended for a initial certification, or permanent/professional certification if they have met the NYS regulations for appropriate length of time for teaching experience and mentoring. The student must file an Application for Certificate form with the N.Y.S. Department of Education (online) and contact the Office of the Dean of Education in order to be recommended for certification. This application should be filed upon graduation. 

Job Opportunities for Teacher Education Graduates

According to the National Center for Education Statistics Predictions (2011-2018), the need for K-6 general education  Elementary Teachers is 1,794,000 which is an increase of 16 percent. An increase of 17% is estimated for Special Education teachers with a projected employment of 555,000. These increases are due to teacher turnover, retirement, and rising student enrollment.

Degree Programs

M.S. Ed - Students with Disabilities - Grades 1-6

Prerequisites

Provisional or initial certification in Childhood general education (Grades 1-6) or Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

EDUG 713Methods of Educational and Psychological Research3
EDUG 704Introduction to Group Dynamics and Human Relations3
or EDUG 733 Approaches to Multicultural Education for the At Risk and Disabled Student
EDUG 778Nature and Needs of the Exceptional Individual3
EDUG 781Management Techniques and Curriculum for the At Risk and Behaviorally Disordered3
EDUG 787Psycho-Educational Assessment for the At Risk and Disabled Student3
EDUG 789Methods of Teaching the At Risk and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)3
EDUG 862Seminar/Practicum in Teaching: The Student with Disabilities 1-63
EDUG 888Independent Study in Research1
One of the following Math and one of the following Science Content courses:6
Life Science for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8).
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology I for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
Mathematics Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology II for the At Risk, English Language Learners [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Physical Science for the Teacher of the At Risk, English Language Learner[ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
EDUG 776Science Instruction for the At Risk and Disabled3
One of the following Social Studies and one of the following Language Arts Content courses:6
Principles and Practices of Reading for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled.
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas for the At Risk English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8)
Literature for the At Risk and Disabled (Grades K-8)
English Language Arts Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language [TESOL] in General and Special Education
Literacy Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
Integrated Learning I: Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Integrated Learning II:Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Improvement of English Language Arts Practice for Teachers of At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (required)
Elective courses:*0
Technology Utilization for Interactive Learning for the At Risk, English Language Learners [ELL] and Disabled
Nature and Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Curriculum, Methods, Social Skill Development and Instructional Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Grades K-8)
Technological Applications for the At Risk and Disabled
Total Credits37
*

 Others with approval of Program Director

M.S. Ed Dual Childhood/Students with Disabilities - Grades 1-6

Prerequisites

Individuals who are not certified must:

  • Present passing scores on the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for matriculation.
  • Meet N.Y.S. Education requirements for undergraduate core which includes courses in History, Social Sciences, Humanities, Artistic expression, Foreign Language, Science, Math, Information Retrieval, Communications, written analysis and expression.
  • Completed Undergraduate major (30 credits) in the Arts or Sciences.

Candidates with deficiencies will be required to take specific courses to meet these requirements for certification.

EDUG 713Methods of Educational and Psychological Research3
EDUG 723Life Span Development: Child, Adolescent, and Adult3
EDUG 704Introduction to Group Dynamics and Human Relations3
or EDUG 733 Approaches to Multicultural Education for the At Risk and Disabled Student
EDUG 778Nature and Needs of the Exceptional Individual3
EDUG 781Management Techniques and Curriculum for the At Risk and Behaviorally Disordered3
EDUG 787Psycho-Educational Assessment for the At Risk and Disabled Student3
EDUG 789Methods of Teaching the At Risk and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)3
EDUG 826Improvement of English Language Arts Practice for Teachers of At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled3
EDUG 856Supervised Fieldwork: General and Special Education3
EDUG 863Seminar/Internship in Teaching: General and Special Education 1-63
EDUG 888Independent Study in Research1
EDUG 897Principles and Practices of Education3
Two of the following Literacy courses:6
Techniques for Language and Literacy Development for General, English Language Learner [ELL] and the Disabled.
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas for the At Risk English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8)
Literature for the At Risk and Disabled (Grades K-8)
English Language Arts Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language [TESOL] in General and Special Education
Literacy Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
One of the following Math and one of the following Science content courses:6
Life Science for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8).
Physical Science for the Teacher of the At Risk, English Language Learner[ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Mathematics Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology I for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology II for the At Risk, English Language Learners [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Science Instruction for the At Risk and Disabled
One of the following Social Studies/Language Arts content courses:3
Integrated Learning I: Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Integrated Learning II:Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Total Credits49

M.S. Ed - Adolescence Students with Disabilities Generalist Extension in English, Math, or Social Studies - Grades 7-12

Initial certification in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) or Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12).

EDUG 713Methods of Educational and Psychological Research3
EDUG 704Introduction to Group Dynamics and Human Relations3
or EDUG 733 Approaches to Multicultural Education for the At Risk and Disabled Student
EDUG 753Teaching Reading in the Content Areas for the At Risk English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8)3
EDUG 778Nature and Needs of the Exceptional Individual3
EDUG 781Management Techniques and Curriculum for the At Risk and Behaviorally Disordered3
EDUG 787Psycho-Educational Assessment for the At Risk and Disabled Student3
EDUG 829Practicum in Teaching At Risk, English Language Learner (ELL) and the Disabled 3
EDUG 826Improvement of English Language Arts Practice for Teachers of At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled3
EDUG 830Curriculum Adaptation and Content Strategies for At Risk, English Language Learners (ELL) and the Disabled 3
EDUG 888Independent Study in Research1
EDUG 815English Language Arts Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language [TESOL] in General and Special Education3
EDUG 766 Literacy Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)3
EDUG 833Seminar & Internship in Secondary Special Education (5 Year Students) 3
or EDUG 834 Seminar and Practicum in Secondary Special Education (Teachers in the Field)
Total Credits37

Five Year Program

Elizabeth M. Kosky, Ed.D.
Program Director

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education

Dual Certification Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities - Grades 1-6

This program is designed for the undergraduate student seeking certification for grades 1-6.

Students who complete the first semester of sophomore year with a cumulative index of 3.00 or better and grades of B or better in all Education courses may apply for admission into the five year BS/MS Ed program which leads to dual certification in Childhood Education/Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). Upon satisfactory completion of specific program requirements, and successful completion of the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), edTPA and required CST exams, students will be recommended for initial certification.

Degree Program (151/152 credits)

Students complete the required sequence of undergraduate courses during freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year. In the fourth year they are enrolled in four graduate courses. In the fifth year, students complete 22 graduate credits. Five year participants student teach in a Special Education setting full days during the Fall or Spring semester of the fifth year.

Dual Certification Adolescence/Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 Ext. English; Math; Social Studies

This program is designed for the undergraduate student seeking certification for grades 7-12.

Students who complete the first semester of sophomore year with a cumulative index of 3.00 or better and grades of B or better in all education courses may apply for admission into the five year BS/MS Ed program which leads to dual certification in Adolescence/Students with Disabilities Generalist  7-12 Ext. English; Math; Social Studies). Upon satisfactory completion of specific program requirements, and successful completion of New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS),ed TPA and required CST exams  will be recommended for initial certification in each area.

Degree Program (155/158 credits)

Students complete the required sequence of undergraduate courses during freshman, sophomore, junior and senior year. In the fourth year they are enrolled in four graduate courses. In the fifth year, students complete 22 graduate credits. Five year participants student teach in a Special Education setting full days during the Fall or Spring semester of the fifth year.

Professional Diploma

Bilingual Education Professional Diploma

The Professional Diploma in Bilingual Education leads to a New York State Bilingual Education Certification. The program consists of 15 credits of coursework to prepare educators to specifically work with general and special education bilingual students.

Admission

Students must have a masters degree from an approved educational institution and possess provisional/initial certification in Students with Disabilities, Reading, Elementary Education, Speech and Language or its equivalent. A Narrative Statement of Interest in the Bilingual Education Program, recommendation, and resume are required.  An interview with the Director of Graduate Special Education is recommended prior to admission.

 Certification

Students may apply for Bilingual certification upon completion of the required courses and successfully passing the Bilingual Education Assessment test (BEA).

Required Courses

EDUG 802Foundations, Theory and Practice of Bilingual General and Special Education3
EDUG 810Bilingual and Multicultural Assessment of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students3
EDUG 813 Curriculum, Methods, and Materials in Core Subjects for English Language Learners [ELL] in General, and Special Education3
EDUG 814Curriculum Assessment and Methods of Teaching Language Arts in the Bilingual General and Special Education Setting3
EDUG 815English Language Arts Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language [TESOL] in General and Special Education3
Total Credits15

 Certificate Programs

 Admission

Students must possess provisional/initial certification in Special Education, Reading, Elementary Education, Speech and Language or its equivalent. A Narrative Statement of Interest in the Consultant Teacher or in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Programs, recommendation and resume are required. An interview with the Director of Graduate Special Education is recommended prior to admission.

Consultant Teacher

The Certificate Program in Consultant Teacher consists of 18 credits of course work. It is designed to train teachers of Students with Disabilities for the consultant role. There is no specific New York State certification for this position.

Two of the following required courses:6
Management Techniques and Curriculum for the At Risk and Behaviorally Disordered
Inclusive Practices
Consultation in the Schools
Improvement of English Language Arts Practice for Teachers of At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled
Nature and Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
English Language Arts Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language [TESOL] in General and Special Education
Differentiated Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Four of the following electives:12
Curriculum, Strategies, and Technology for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled.
Counseling the At Risk, Disabled Student and Family
Approaches to Multicultural Education for the At Risk and Disabled Student
Teaching Reading in the Content Areas for the At Risk English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8)
Literature for the At Risk and Disabled (Grades K-8)
Mentoring
Technology Utilization for Interactive Learning for the At Risk, English Language Learners [ELL] and Disabled
Literacy Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
Mathematics Instruction for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology I for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8)
Technological Applications for the At Risk and Disabled
Life Science for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student (Grades K-8).
Integrated Learning I: Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Integrated Learning II:Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
Integrated Curriculum: Math, Science and Technology II for the At Risk, English Language Learners [ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Practicum in Teaching At Risk, English Language Learner (ELL) and the Disabled
Curriculum Adaptation and Content Strategies for At Risk, English Language Learners (ELL) and the Disabled
Physical Science for the Teacher of the At Risk, English Language Learner[ELL] and Disabled (Grades K-8).
Behavior Management and Counseling of Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Curriculum, Methods, Social Skill Development and Instructional Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Grades K-8)
Total Credits18

 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Program

The Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders consists of 18 credits of course work which includes an internship teaching students with these disorders.  There is no specific New York State certification for this position.

Required Courses

EDUG 880Nature and Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
EDUG 881Psychoeducational Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder3
EDUG 882Behavior Management and Counseling of Families of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
EDUG 883Curriculum, Methods, Social Skill Development and Instructional Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Grades K-8)3
EDUG 884Integrative Project in Autism3
EDUG 885Internship: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
Total Credits18
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