Advanced Certificate in Students with Disabilities

Advanced Certificate in Students with Disabilities

Total Credits 
Grades 1-6, with initial certification: 18 credits
Grades 7-12, with initial certification: 18 credits
One evening each week and after school practica
Core Program Duration 
Two semesters
Instructors with real-world experience as teachers and administrators
About the Program 

Medaille's advanced certificate in special education in Buffalo, NY is designed for students who hold a master’s degree and are eligible for certification. This 18-credit program requires you to take state-mandated coursework and demonstrate practical teaching abilities, all in just two semesters. Take the next step in your career, earn your post-master’s advanced certificate in students with disabilities.

Program and Certification Areas
Required Coursework
Clinical Experiences
Office of Student Teaching and Certification
M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Professional Handbook
Graduate Catalog

What can you do with this degree?
Medaille Alumni have gone on to careers as
What can you do with this degree? 
Students with Disabilities Teachers
Disability Support Services Coordinators
Behavior Technicians
Developmental Assistants
Educational Support Services Assistants
Job Coaches

Program Format 

Students attend classes one evening each week

Complete your program in just two semesters

Practica occur after school hours

Fall-only start

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Program and Certification Areas

  • Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 (18 credits)
  • Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12 Generalist (18 credits)

ESP 602 Behavioral Strategies for Working with Children with Exceptionalities: Managing the Learning Environment (3 credits)
ESP 612 Educating Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 credits)
ESP 613 Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities (3 credits)
ESP 618 Assessing Children with Exceptionalities (Grades 1-6) (3 credits)
ESP 619 Assessing Adolescents with Exceptionalities (Grades 7-12) (3 credits)
ESP 635 Fieldwork I: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
ESP 636 Fieldwork II: Grades 1-6 (0 credit)
ESP 637 Fieldwork I: Grades 7-12 (0 credit)
ESP 638 Fieldwork II: Grades 7-12 (0 credit)
ESP 688P Integrative Practicum Grades 1-3 (3 credits)
ESP 688J Integrative Practicum Grades 4-6 (3 credits)
ESP 689A Integrative Practicum Grades 7-9 (3 credits)
ESP 689S Integrative Practicum Grades 10-12 (3 credits)
Clinical Experiences

This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through a hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.

Fieldwork:  All students enrolled in the Advanced Certificate - Students with Disabilities program are required to complete a minimum of 50 field experience hours. These field experience hours are embedded over two courses and must be completed prior to the end of the program.

Students with Disabilities Practicum Courses:  
Students in Advanced Certification in Students with Disabilities program must complete a college-supervised practicum course each semester. The practica are usually held on-site in a school building after school hours.

For detailed information about clinical field experiences and practica, click on the link for the Office of Student Teaching and Certification or refer to the program handbook.


Office of Student Teaching and Certification


Students with Disabilities (MSED & Advanced Certficate) Professional Handbook

For detailed information about the program, click on the link below for the program handbook.
Students with Disabilities (MSED-Advanced Cert) Professional Handbook 2018- 19



For information about graduate college-wide and department-specific details, click on the link below for the catalog.


At Medaille College, we understand the challenges of being a working adult with high career aspirations. That’s why Medaille’s Adult & Graduate programs are designed specifically to fit your already busy schedule. With Medaille, you can earn your degree and still have time for work and family. Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000)
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