Graduates of the special education master’s degree program in Buffalo will understand and be prepared to focus on the unique academic, cognitive, social and emotional needs of students receiving special education services. Meet our education faculty.
About the Students with Disabilities Education Master's Program
Medaille’s 16-month master’s in education for students with disabilities is designed for individuals who currently hold, or are working toward, initial New York State certification in students with disabilities. Graduates will understand and be prepared to focus on the unique academic, cognitive, social and emotional needs of students receiving special education services.
Courses, Requirements & Policies
Campus: Buffalo; fall start
Grades 1-6 without initial certification: 39 credits
Grades 1-6 with initial certification: 36 credits
Grades 7-12 Generalist without initial certification: 39 credits
Grades 7-12 Generalist with initial certification: 36 credits
Delivery: Evening hybrid classes
Faculty: Practitioner-educators with real-world experience as teachers and administrators
Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)
Provides students the opportunity to learn through a hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.
All students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities program are required to complete a minimum of 100 field experience hours prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over two courses and must be completed prior to the final semester of the program.
Practicum and Student Teaching:
Students in an SWD program with initial certification are required to complete two practicum courses.
Students in and SWD program without initial certification (have not completed a B.S.Ed. degree) are required to complete one practicum and one eight-week student teaching placement.
For detailed information about clinical field experiences, visit the Office of Student Teaching and Certification or refer to the program handbook.