Masters in Teaching
Students with Disabilities
Masters Degree Program in Teaching Students with Disabilities
is designed for certified teachers to earn
an additional New York State Approved certification in special education.
Students may pursue certification in two different concentrations:
teaching children with disabilities at the childhood level (grades
1-6) or at the adolescent level (grades 7- 12).
The curriculum of the Masters Program in Teaching
Students with Disabilities is based on scientifically based assignment
and intervention strategies that enable teachers to meet the needs
of students with disabilities in accordance with Federal law and
State Department of Education guidelines. Students are prepared
to meet the challenges of diverse student populations within the
least restrictive environment, using validated intervention strategies
that address their individual needs.
The program provides students with a strong foundation
in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. The students utilize
these principles as they gain experience, conducting assessments
to identify learners strengths and weaknesses. Across several
courses, students are provided with tools to objectively evaluate
the existing literature on teaching strategies and develop intervention
procedures (based on scientifically demonstrated practices) that
are clearly defined and can be systematically monitored to demonstrate
acquisition of new skills. Students are encouraged to utilize assistive
and educational technology when designing interventions and rely
on the New York State Standards as the basis for instructional lessons.
This protocol for the development of interventions encompasses a
broad range of skills (e.g., reading, mathematics, content area
instruction, social/ behavioral, communication, fine and gross motor,
and adaptive behavior) and students are provided opportunities to
implement the interventions within field placements.