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Department of Educational Studies

Special Education

SAMPLE PROGRAM

The Special Education Program consists of 36 credit hours for students with initial certification in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education or Adolescence Education. In the Early Childhood Special Education program 33 credit hours are core courses and 3 credit hours are electives. In both the Childhood Special Education and Adolescence Special Education programs 30 credit hours are core courses and 6 credit hours are electives.

Core Courses
The core courses are designed to offer sequential learning experiences that will provide you with competencies that may be used across disability categories. You should take these courses in the suggested sequence. Descriptions of these core courses are listed in another section of this Web site.

Core Courses for the Master's Program in Early Childhood Special Education

Number Course Name Credits
SPE700 Educating Special Learners 5
SPE701 Educational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities 5
SPE702 or EED716 Teaching Math, Science and Technology in Inclusive Classrooms or Science and Math for Young Children 3
SPE703 Research in Special Education 3
SPE731 Literacy & Social Studies Instruction for Childhood Learners with Disabilities                         5
SPE732 Learning Environments for Childhood Learners with Disabilities 3
SPE798 Young Children with Disabilities 3
SPE753 Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education 6
  Elective course in Special Education 3

Core Courses for the Master's Program in Childhood Special Education  

Number Course Name Credits
SPE700 Educating Special Learners 5
SPE701 Educational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities 5
SPE702 Teaching Math, Science and Technology in Inclusive Classrooms 3
SPE703 Research in Special Education 3
SPE731 Literacy and Social Studies Instruction for Childhood Learners with Disabilities 5
SPE732 Learning Environments for Childhood Learners with Disabilities 3
SPE733 Practicum in Childhood Special Education 6
  Elective courses in Special Education 6

Core Courses for the Master's Program in Adolescence Special Education

Number Course Name Credits
SPE700 Educating Special Learners 5
SPE701 Educational Assessment of Learners with Disabilities 5
SPE702 Teaching Math, Science and Technology in Inclusive Classrooms 3
SPE703 Research in Special Education 3
SPE741 Literacy and Social Studies Instruction for Adolescent Learners with Disabilities 5
SPE742 Learning Environments for Adolescent Learners with Disabilities 3
SPE743 Practicum in Adolescent Special Education 6
  Elective courses in Special Education 6

Special Education Electives
You will take 6 elective credits as part of your master's degree program. The electives fall under two categories: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Communication and Collaborative Partnership. Only one course must be taken from each of the categories.

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

EDS537 Issues in Multicultural Education
EDS581 Issues of Racism and Sexism in Education
SPE572 Teaching Learners of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Communication and Collaborative Partnerships

EDS732 Group Dynamics
EDS545 Cooperatively Structured Learning
SPE593 Multiple Intelligences in Inclusive Classrooms
SPE761 Working with Families of Students with Disabilities
SPE793 Collaboration Strategies for the Educator

NOTE: In addition to the above courses, applicants with initial certification in Early Childhood Special Education, Childhood Special Education or Adolescence Special Education will take two courses in which content and pedagogy are linked.

Fieldwork and Practicum
Since the program is also field-based, a significant amount of your training will be conducted in the professional field under supervision with students and cooperating teachers. The required practicum is offered during the spring, fall, and summer 1 semesters. Summer 2 practicum is available to those meeting certain criteria. This is important to consider in planning your program since working in the field demands that you have time available to spend in schools, clinics, and classrooms. This may necessitate an adjustment of your daily schedule. You must have a 3.0 average in all graduate courses and no more than two courses with a B- in order to enroll in the practicum course SPE733, SPE743 or SPE753, and to graduate.

Deadlines for practicum and practicum application forms are available in the Special Education Office, OMB 108.

Please Note: Courses taken prior to acceptance into the Special Education Program may not be fully credited on your plan of study, even if taken at SUNY New Paltz.