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Program Description

The M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities will consistently emphasize theory to practice. This degree is specifically designed for individuals who currently hold, or are working towards, initial New York State certification in Students with Disabilities. The Medaille program also admits licensed, graduate-level teachers to cross-certify in Students with Disabilities. Graduates of the M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities will understand and be prepared to focus on the unique academic, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students receiving special education services. Simultaneously, our graduates will assist diverse learners to succeed in general education settings. Collaboration with colleagues and families will be emphasized and combined with enhancing the overall knowledge and individual skills of the Students with Disabilities Educator.

Program Mission

The mission of the M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities is to provide the academic training required for initially certified educators in Elementary Education (Childhood 1-6) or Adolescent Education (7-12 Generalist) to qualify for professional certification in childhood or adolescent students with disabilities. Students entering the program with a baccalaureate degree will earn a Master of Science degree in Education (M.S.Ed.). Students who already have a Master’s degree and certification in education may enter the program and earn cross-certification in Students with Disabilities 1-6 or 7-12 generalist.

Our program intends to prepare teachers with the knowledge and communication skills they need to be strong classroom teachers and students with disabilities leaders. Our graduates will develop expert skills necessary to work with students with disabilities at the elementary and high school levels. However, we also recognize the importance of identifying students with disabilities as soon as possible in order to support them with intensive, systematic, appropriate, and explicit instruction and accommodations for successful learners.

Program Goals

The goal of the M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities is to produce professionals who can effectively teach students with a wide array of exceptionalities and severity levels. Graduates of the program will be able to effectively modify instruction, curriculum, and materials for learners with exceptionalities while working collaboratively with other educators, professionals, parents, and the community in both inclusive and special education settings.

Students enrolled in this program have two certification options at the M.S.Ed. or Post Master’s Certification (PMC) level: 1-6 grade or 7-12 grade. Graduates will be engaged in courses that assist them in building a constructivist model of instruction through coursework, field experiences, and practicum. Graduates will have practical instructional experiences with children and adolescents with disabilities. These experiences are designed to focus on the individual needs of learners. Graduates will learn to develop strategies for differentiated instruction for diverse learners, to modify existing curriculum and materials and to work collaboratively with parents, professionals and community partners. The goal of the M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities is to produce leaders of students with disabilities in multiple school settings.

Students holding a master’s degree in Education will have the option of completing a Post Master’s certificate in Students with Disabilities. Students seeking the Post Master’s certificate option will have two certification options: 1-6 grade or 7-12 grade. The goal of the Post Master’s certificate is to produce teachers who can deliver instruction to students with disabilities in a variety of school settings. 

FIELD EXPERIENCES & PRACTICUM

Field Experiences & Practicum

All students in MSED 1-6 with initial certification are required to complete two practica: ESP 688P Integrative Practicum and ESP 688J Integrative Practicum for a total of six credit hours of practica. All students in MSED 1-6 without initial certification are required to complete one practica: ESP 688P Integrative Practicum or ESP 688J Integrative Practicum and ESP 695 Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), which provides three credit hours of student teaching.

All students in MSED 7-12 with initial certification are required to complete two practica: ESP 689A Integrative Practicum and ESP 689S Integrative Practicum for a total of six credit hours of practica. All students in MSED 7-12 without initial certification are required to complete one practica: ESP 689A Integrative Practicum or ESP 689S Integrative Practicum and ESP 696 Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12), which provides three credit hours of student teaching. 

Courses that require field experiences:

Course Number

Course Title

Grade Level

Clock Hours

ESP 688 J

Integrative Practicum I: 4-6

4-6

25

ESP 688 P

Integrative Practicum I: 1-3

1-3

25

ESP 689A

Integrative Practicum II: 7-9

7-9

25

ESP 689S

Integrative Practicum II: 9-12

9-12

25

Courses that require college-supervised student-teaching experiences:

Course Number

Course Title

Grade Level

No. of Full School Days

ESP 695

Student Teaching: Students With Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

1-6

20

ESP 696

Student Teaching – Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

7-12

20

 
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COURSE SCHEDULES

Course Schedules

The following sequence represents the order that courses will be offered in the Students with Disabilities Master’s program at Medaille College. Exceptions and/or changes may be made based on previous courses taken, enrollment status, or other changes in program expectations. Students should contact the Program Chair for more information. Individual courses include field experiences components as delineated in respective course outlines.

 

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities (1-6) (For students with initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe & Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 618

Assessing Children (1st-6th) with Exceptionalities

3

ESP 607

Professional, Family and Community Collaboration in Schools and Schooling

3

ESP 621

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas SWD Grade 1-6 (1st-6th)

3

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

3

EDL 581

Early Language Development and Literacy (1st- 6th)

3

ECI 510

Research in Education (online)

3

ESP 688J

Integrative Practicum I

3

ESP 688P

Integrative Practicum II (1st-6th students)

3

ESP 691

Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

TOTAL CREDITS

36

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities (1-6) (For students without initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 600

Foundations of Special Education

3

EDU 506

Child Abuse Awareness/SAVE Seminar

0

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe & Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 618

Assessing Children (1st-6th) with Exceptionalities

3

ESP 607

Professional, Family and Community Collaboration in Schools and Schooling

3

ESP 621

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas SWD Grade 1-6 (1st-6th)

3

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

3

EDL 581

Early Language Development and Literacy (1st- 6th)

 

3

ECI 510

Research in Education (online)

3

ESP 695

Student Teaching: Students With Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

3

ESP 688P

Integrative Practicum (1st-6th students)

3

ESP 691

Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

TOTAL CREDITS

39

 


 

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities (7-12) (For students with initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe & Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 619

Assessing Children (7th-12th) with Exceptionalities

3

ESP 607

Professional, Family and Community Collaboration in Schools and Schooling

3

ESP 622

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas- SWD 7-12 (7th-12th)

3

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

3

EDL 585

Adolescent Literacy: Transacting with Literature (7-12)

3

ECI 510

Research in Education (online)

3

ESP 689A

 Integrative Practicum (7th-12th)

3

ESP 689S

Integrative Practicum (7th-12th)

3

ESP 691

Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

TOTAL CREDITS

36


 

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities (7-12) (For students without initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 600

Foundations of Special Education

3

EDU 506

Child Abuse Awareness/SAVE Seminar

0

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe & Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 619

Assessing Children (7th-12th) with Exceptionalities

3

ESP 607

Professional, Family and Community Collaboration in Schools and Schooling

3

ESP 622

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas- SWD 7-12 (7th-12th)

3

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

3

EDL 585

Adolescent Literacy: Transacting with Literature (7-12)

3

ECI 510

Research in Education (online)

3

ESP 689A

Integrative Practicum I (7th-12th)7th-12th)

3

ESP 691

Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

3

ESP 696

Student Teaching – Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12)

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

TOTAL CREDITS

39

 

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE: SWD 1-6 (with initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 618

Assessing Children (1-6 grade) with Exceptionalities

3

ESP 688 P

Integrative Practicum I: 1-3

3

ESP 688 J

Integrative Practicum I: 4-6

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

Total Credit Hours

18

 

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE: SWD 7-12 (with initial certification)

Course Number

Course Title

Course Credits

ESP 602  

Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment

3

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate to Severe to Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 613

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

3

ESP 619

Assessing Children (7-12 grade) with Exceptionalities 

3

ESP 689A

Integrative Practicum II: 7-9

3

ESP 689S

Integrative Practicum II: 9-12

3

EDU 508

DASA Seminar

0

 

Total Credit Hours

18

 

 

MSED Students With Disabilities

(Certified Candidates)

Grades 1-6 & 7-12

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

Session I

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Session I

ESP 618

Assessing Children 1-6 w/Exceptionalities

 

Session I

ESP 619

Assessing Children 7-12 w/Exceptionalities

Session I

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

Session I

ESP 688P

Integrative Practicum

 

Session I

ESP 689A

Integrative Practicum

 

Session I

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies

Session I

ESP 607

Prof., Fam., & Comm., Collab. In School & Schooling

 

Session II

EDL 581

Early Lang. Development & Literacy

Session II

EDL 585  

Adolescent Literacy

 

Session II

ESP 688 J

(Cert only)

Integrative Practicum

 

Session II

ESP 689S

(Cert only)

Integrative Practicum

 

Session 1I

ESP 613 

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

 

Session II

ESP 621

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas – SWD Gr. 1-6

Session II

ESP 622

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas – SWD Gr. 7-12

Full Semester

ECI 510  Online

Research in Education

 

Full Semester

ESP 691

Portfolio

Total Credits:  36                      

 

 

MSED Students With Disabilities

(Non-Certified Candidates)

Grades 1-6 & 7-12

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

Session I

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Session I

ESP 618

Assessing Children 1-6 w/Exceptionalities

Session I

ESP 619

Assessing Children 7-12 w/Exceptionalities

Session I

EDL 580

Methodologies in the Reading Process

Session I

ESP 688Por J

Integrative Practicum

 

Session I

ESP 689A or S

Integrative Practicum

 

Session I

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies

Session I

ESP 607

Prof., Fam., & Comm., Collab. In School & Schooling

 

Session II

EDL 581

Early Lang. Development & Literacy

Session II

EDL 585  

Adolescent Literacy

 

Session II

ESP 695

Student Teaching

Session II

ESP 696

Student Teaching

 

Session 1I

ESP 613 

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

 

Session II

ESP 621

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas – SWD Gr. 1-6

Session II

ESP 622

Methods for Instruction of the Content Areas – SWD Gr. 7-12

Full Semester

ECI 510  Online

Research in Education

 

Full Semester

ESP 691

Portfolio

Full Semester

ESP 600 Online

Foundations of Special Education

Total Credits:  39                      

 

Post Masters Certification

Students With Disabilities

Grades 1-6 & 7-12

Semester 1

Semester 2

1-6

7-12

1-6

7-12

Session I

ESP 612

Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

Session I

ESP 618

Assessing Children

1-6 w/Exceptionalities

Session I

ESP 619

Assessing Children

7-12 w/Exceptionalities

Session I

ESP 602

Behavioral Strategies

Session I

ESP 688P

Integrative Practicum

Session I

ESP 689A

Integrative Practicum

Session 1I

ESP 613 

Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

 

Session II

ESP 688J

Integrative Practicum

Session II

ESP 689S

Integrative Practicum

 

Total Credits:  18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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