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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 36-credit program leads 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 Special Education (Birth – Grade 2), Childhood Special Education (Grades 1-6), or Adolescence Special Education (Grades 7-12). Application is open year-round, and programs can be completed in as little as three 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 Six Values and Commitments

Education faculty are leaders in their field and dedicated to their students’ success. They strive to nurture six core values in themselves and in their teacher candidates: critical inquiry and intellectual development; professional skills and dispositions; culturally responsive practice; social justice education; democratic citizenship; and student advocacy.


Barbara Chorzempa, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator or 845-257-2851


Alana Matuszewski, Recruiter and Advisor or 845-257-3285