Catalog
2013-14

Special Education

Special Education

Elizabeth M. Kosky, Ed.D.
Program Director

  • Master of Science in Education - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education - Dual Childhood Special Education
  • Bachelors of Science/Master of Science in Education - Childhood/Special Education (Five Year Program)
  • Professional Diploma - Bilingual Education Extension Advanced Certificate
  • Professional Diploma - Bilingual Education Advanced Certificate
  • Certificate - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Certificate - Consultant Teacher

Master of Science in Education

Admission

Applicants for admission into the master degree program in Special Education 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 LAST if graduating before February 2014 or take the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) if graduating after February 2014 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 ATS-W and CST (if certified before February 2014) or pass the Educating All Students test (EAS), the e-portfolio TPA (Teaching Performance Assessment) and required CSTs (if certified after February 2014) as a prerequisite for recommendation for certification.

A Narrative Statement of Interest in the Special Education Program, resume and interview with the Director of 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 Special Education program 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, 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 (Special Education) fulfills all the academic requirements for certification as a special education teacher. Upon completion of the Master of Science in Education degree, Autism, SAVE and Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting requirements the student will fulfill the academic requirements for provisional/initial teacher certification. Students who do not possess provisional certification are required by the New York State Education Department to pass the LAST and ATS-W (if graduating prior to February 2014 or if graduating after February 2014, the NYS Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), e-portfolio TPA if graduating after February 2014 . When students have completed the degree requirements and passed the required CST exams, they will be recommended for a provisional/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 — Special Education — 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 826Improvement of English Language Arts Practice for Teachers of At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled3
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).
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
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)
Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Schools for the At Risk and Disabled Student
Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy for the At Risk, English Language Learner [ELL] and Disabled Student
Technological Applications for the At Risk and Disabled
Total Credits37

*

 Others with approval of Program Director


M.S. Ed Dual Childhood/Special Education Grades 1-6

Prerequisites

Provisional or initial certification in Childhood general education (Grades 1-6) or special education (Grades 1-6)

Individuals who are not certified must:

  • Present passing scores on the LAST (if graduating prior to February 2014) or  the New York State Acadmeic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) (if graduating after February 2014) 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).
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

Five Year Program

Elizabeth M. Kosky, Ed.D.
Program Director

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education

Dual Certification Childhood Education/Special Education

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 certification in Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades 1-6). Upon satisfactory completion of specific program requirements, and successful completion of LAST, ATS-W, and required CST (for student graduating prior to February 2014) students will be recommended for initial certification in each area.  Students graduating after February 2014 must  pass the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS),e-portfolio TPA and required CST exam to be recommended for initial certification in each area.

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.

 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 Special Education, Reading, Elementary Education, Speech and Language or its equivalent. A Narrative Statement of Interest in the Bilingual Education Program, resume and interview with the Director of Special Education are 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 Autism Spectrum Disorders, resume and interview with the Director of Special Education are recommended prior to admission.

Consultant Teacher

The Certificate Program in Consultant Teacher consists of 18 credits of course work. It is designed to train Special Education Teachers for the consultant teacher 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).
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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