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Teaching Students with Disabilities [TSD] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
David Smukler
, chair
Cynthia Moriarity, graduate coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2447
Fax: 607-758-5007

Overview

Expand on your strong commitment to inclusive special education for children in grades 1-6 by studying for the M.S.Ed. in teaching students with disabilities at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

With your bachelor’s degree in childhood/elementary education or a bachelor’s degree in education that includes childhood education content areas such as health, physical education, art, music, early childhood, speech and language disabilities, or special education, you can extend your capacities in assessment, curriculum and instruction, educational research, and administration.

As you collaborate with our dedicated professional faculty, you’ll explore topics such as discipline and social skill development for students with disabilities, teaching the special education learner in the general education classroom, students with disabilities in context, and foundations of education. To receive an annotation in teaching students with severe and/or multiple disabilities, you also may choose courses in teaching students with severe/multiple disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.

Culminating Experiences

In addition to an internship in teaching students with disabilities that takes place in schools in grade 1-6 classrooms, you’ll have many opportunities to work with families and learning communities in urban, rural and suburban areas. For your culminating master’s project, you’ll examine a research question or topic focused on issues relating to students with disabilities in educational settings.

Career Potential

The M.S. Ed. in Teaching Students with Disabilities from SUNY Cortland leads to NYSED certification in Students with Disabilities, grades 1-6. This program enhances your professional credentials and prepares you for potential positions such as special or inclusive education teacher, chair of a committee on special education (CSE), developmental disabilities specialist, or community or college instructor.

This program is intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree in childhood/elementary education or students who have a bachelor's degree in education that incorporates childhood education content including health, physical education, art, music, early childhood, speech and language disabilities, or special education. It requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved graduate course work including student internship and culminating experiences. Students may elect to take an additional six credit hours in approved course work to receive an annotation in Teaching Students with Severe and/or Multiple Disabilities.

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of reference detailing the ability to meet the rigors of graduate study and the commitment to, and competence in, working with students with disabilities (submitted online with the application).
  4. A personal statement (submitted online with the application) indicating:

a. reasons for wanting to work with students with disabilities, including personal experiences that have influenced this decision,
b. reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies and this program specifically,
c. discussion of long-term professional goals and your view of how this program will support achieving them, and
d. any other information deemed relevant.

     5. Documentation of initial certification in childhood education or in field that incorporates childhood education content — evidence of pending or awarded certification.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Note 1:  If you graduated more than 10 years prior to application, you may be required to provide additional evidence of more recent academic competence, such as continuing education courses, CEUs or other appropriate documentation.

Note 2:  An interview with the TSD program coordinator or designee may be required if deemed necessary after application review.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Teaching Students with Disabilities [TSD] M.S.Ed.

Teaching Students with Disabilities [TSD_712] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Foundations and Social Advocacy Department
David Smukler, chair and graduate coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213
607-753-2447
Fax: 607-758-5007

Overview

Expand on your strong commitment to inclusive special education for children in grades 7-12 by studying for the M.S.Ed. in teaching students with disabilities at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

This program is intended for you if you have certification in adolescence education and wish to pursue a master's degree and certification in teaching students with disabilities in grades 7-12. Your course work includes disability studies, discipline and social skill development for students with disabilities, teaching the special education learner in the general education classroom, language acquisition, adaptive technology, and working with students with disabilities in a variety of contexts.

A 150-hour internship working with students with disabilities is required.

The degree requires 35 credit hours of prescribed graduate study. It can be completed full time over approximately 15 months or part time over two years.

Culminating Experience

Your culminating master's project will involve research on an educational issue related to students with disabilities.

Career Potential

  • Special education teacher, grades 7-12
  • Resource room teacher, grades 7-12
  • Committee on Special Education (CSE) chair
  • Developmental disabilities specialist
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Transition Services Coordinator
  • Supported Employment Job Coach Specialist

Graduate Admission

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office. Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of reference detailing the ability to meet the rigors of graduate study and the commitment to, and competence in, working with students with disabilities (submitted online with the application).
  4. A personal statement (submitted online with the application) indicating:
    1. reasons for wanting to work with students with disabilities, including personal experiences that have influenced this decision,
    2. reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies and this program specifically,
    3. discussion of long-term professional goals and your view of how this program will support achieving them, and
    4. any other information deemed relevant.
  5. Documentation of initial certification in adolescence education — evidence of pending or awarded certification. Documentation or transcript review showing eligibility for SWD 7-12 Generalist certification. If not yet completed, SWD 7-12 requirements can be fulfilled as part of the program.
  6. Documentation of successful completion of six credit hours of course work at the undergraduate or graduate level in literacy development and language acquisition that may have been completed as part of your adolescence education program.

Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following: An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and above on a 4.0 scale.

Note 1: If you graduated more than 10 years prior to application, you may be required to provide additional evidence of more recent academic competence, such as continuing education courses, CEUs or other appropriate documentation.

Note 2: An interview with the TSD program coordinator or designee may be required if deemed necessary after application review.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1.

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Teaching Students with Disabilities [TSD_712] M.S.Ed.