Special Education 7-12 (M.S.Ed.)

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The purpose of this Special Education program is to provide certified teachers with greater understanding of the needs of students with disabilities and handicapping conditions, and to master techniques to provide the most effective education program for them. This program will lead to the professional license for teachers already certified Adolescence Education as well as initial licenses in Special Education.

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Admission Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee (fee waived for SUNY Oneonta alumni)
  • Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in Adolescence English, Math, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, Spanish or French. (Teaching certificates from other states are considered.
  • Evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree in a functionally related area
  • Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work
  • Submit an essay reflecting on your student teaching and/or teaching experiences with students with exceptionalities and identify one area of special education that you would like to learn more about. Also, describe two teaching adaptations that you might make for a child with special needs. Include references to at least one professional article or book.
  • Submit three letters of reference.
  • Complete a personal interview.
  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Fall admission only.
  • Submit GRE scores or substantially equivalent test scores, as determined by the institution.


Graduate Tuition and Fees

Springbrook Partnership

Through this partnership, teaching assistants working in Springbrook’s new school for children with autism have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in special education at SUNY Oneonta, tuition-free. Many of the classes are taught on-site by faculty from the college’s nationally accredited Division of Education and Springbrook will pay for employee tuition each semester.

For more information about the partnership program between SUNY Oneonta and Springbrook, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 607-436-2523 or visit the Springbrook website