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Master of Science in Special Education

The graduate programs in Special Education are guided by the belief that all individuals possess intellectual, social, emotional and physical strengths that enable them to function in and contribute to their families and society as a whole. We prepare compassionate teachers to recognize these strengths in each and every student, and help them develop to their greatest ability in inclusive classrooms.

Hands-on Learning Leading to Certification

The graduate program in Special Education has been carefully designed to prepare teacher candidates with the skills and qualifications needed to begin a fulfilling career. The 32- and 38-credit programs lead directly to professional certification. Core classes provide a critical foundation for working with learners with disabilities, and an 8-week practicum lets you apply what you’ve learned.

Find the Program that Works for You

Teacher candidates can pursue programs of study in Early Childhood/Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 6), Childhood Special Education (Grades 1-6), or Adolescence Special Education (Grades 7-12). Application is open yearround, and programs can be completed in as little as three or four semesters, making it easy to advance your career on a schedule that works for you.

Make an Impact in a High-Demand Field

Special Education teachers are in high demand across the U.S. and in the Hudson Valley, as a generation of teachers approaches retirement and a growing percentage of the K-12 student population qualifies for Special Education services. This program is a pathway to a rewarding life and career as an educator, community leader, and advocate on behalf of diverse populations of learners.

Guided by Commitments and Best Practices

Education faculty are dedicated to their students’ success and strive to nurture teacher candidates who are committed to: critical inquiry and intellectual development; professional skills and dispositions; culturally responsive practice and social justice education; and democratic citizenship and student advocacy. Incorporated throughout the coursework are opportunities to learn about evidence-based (EBPs) and promising practices which are likely to enhance educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Jane Sileo, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator or 845-257-2850 ADMISSION INFORMATION Alana Matuszewski, Manager of Graduate Recruiting and Advising or 845-257-3285


Dr. Barbara Chorzempa
Coordinator of Special Education


Donna Prestia, Department Secretary

SUNY New Paltz
Old Main Building, Room 323
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561-2442

All persons interested in the Special Education Program are encouraged to attend an information session conducted by the Coordinator of Special Education. The session will assist you in clarifying your teaching career goals and describe the requirements for submitting an application. The Coordinator will also answer questions regarding the Special Education Program. Call the Special Education office at 845-257-2850 for an appointment.

  1. Program Description
  2. Philosophy and Purpose
  3. Entrance Requirements & Procedures
  4. Advisement
  5. Change of Name and/or Address
  6. Sample Program
  7. Registration
  8. Certification
  9. Core Courses in Special Education
  10. Special Education Faculty & Staff