Special Education (M.S.T and M.S. Ed.)

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The Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) program
Start of Term

START TERM
Fall

Delivery Method

DELIVERY METHOD
Hybrid

Application Deadline

APPLY DEADLINE
Rolling: Apply Anytime

Number of Credits 32

TOTAL CREDITS
36

Do you have a bachelor's degree outside of education but want to earn your teacher certification in special education?

SUNY Oneonta's Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) program provides an opportunity for individuals with bachelor's degrees outside of education to earn teacher certification in special education. Our program leads to initial certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Special Education -- graduates of this program are eligible for professional certification in Early Childhood or Childhood Special Education after the completion of three years of teaching special education.

Degree Requirements

 
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Admissions Criteria

 

Applicants interested in any of our graduate education programs please note:

We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges, disrupted testing and traditional student teaching. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2523 if you are unable to submit any of the materials required to complete your application so that we may review and advise on possible alternatives.

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  3. Content core in a major, concentration, or the equivalent with a minimum of 30 credit hours in a single school subject:  Science, Math, History, or English.
  4. Have coursework in technology, artistic expression, communication, information retrieval, humanities, written analysis and expression, a language other than English, concepts in history and the social sciences, scientific and mathematical processes.
  5. Have achieved a GPA of 3.0 overall.
  6. Submit an essay outlining your purpose in applying for the M.S.T. in Special Education, why are you drawn to Special Education, and what are your career goals.
  7. Submit three letters of reference.
  8. Complete a clinical interview.

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The Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) program
Start of Term

START TERM
Fall

Delivery Method

DELIVERY METHOD
Hybrid

Application Deadline

APPLY DEADLINE
Rolling: Apply Anytime

Number of Credits 32

TOTAL CREDITS
61

Are you a certified teacher with initial licenses in Special Education interested in earning a professional license?

SUNY Oneonta's Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) program provides 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. Our program will lead to the professional license for teachers already certified in Early Childhood, Childhood or Adolescence Special Education with initial licenses in Special Education.

Degree Requirements

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants interested in any of our graduate education programs please note:

We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges, disrupted testing and traditional student teaching. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2523 if you are unable to submit any of the materials required to complete your application so that we may review and advise on possible alternatives.

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education, or notify us that the certification is on your TEACH account. (Teaching certificates from other states are considered.)
  3. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  4. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  5. Submit an essay reflecting on your student teaching and/or teaching experiences with students with special needs and identify one area of special needs that you would like to learn more about. Describe some of the issues you would discuss with a parent/guardian. Also describe two teaching adaptations that you might make for a child with special needs. Include references to at least five professional articles or books.
  6. Submit three letters of reference.
  7. Complete a personal interview.

Applicants interested in any of our graduate education programs please note:

We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges, disrupted testing and traditional student teaching. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2523 if you are unable to submit any of the materials required to complete your application so that we may review and advise on possible alternatives.

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit a copy of a NYS initial teaching certificate in Childhood Education. (Teaching certificates from other states are considered.)
  3. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  4. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  5. Submit an essay reflecting on your student teaching and/or teaching experiences with students with special needs and identify one area of special needs that you would like to learn more about. Describe some of the issues you would discuss with a parent/guardian. Also describe two teaching adaptations that you might make for a child with special needs. Include references to at least five professional articles or books.
  6. Submit three letters of reference.
  7. Complete a personal interview.

Applicants interested in any of our graduate education programs please note:

We recognize the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges, disrupted testing and traditional student teaching. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or 607-436-2523 if you are unable to submit any of the materials required to complete your application so that we may review and advise on possible alternatives.

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. 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.)
  3. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college.
  4. Have achieved an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.0 in the major field during the last two years of undergraduate work.
  5. Submit an essay reflecting on your student teaching and/or teaching experiences with students with special needs and identify one area of special needs that you would like to learn more about. Describe some of the issues you would discuss with a parent/guardian. Also describe two teaching adaptations that you might make for a child with special needs. Include references to at least five professional articles or books.
  6. Submit three letters of reference.
  7. Complete a personal interview.
  8. Prerequisite coursework: two courses in English, two courses in Math, two courses in Social Studies, and two courses in Science at the college level.
  9. Students with a degree in a non-typical adolescence education program (e.g., Music, Physical Education) must also take and pass the CST Multi-Subject test for admission to the program.

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 university’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 Admissions at 607-436-2523 or visit the Springbrook website.

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Why SUNY Oneonta?

  • Our emphasis on community will allow you to be involved in a variety of outside activities and events, including a partnership with Pathfinder Village and Springbrook School.
  • Individualized attention through faculty advisement and cohort model classes.
  • The program can be completed in as little as three semesters.
  • Graduates of this program will receive a master’s degree and initial certification in Special Education or professional certification for teachers who are already certified.
  • Students can work with Springbrook School in Oneonta and receive tuition assistance.

Assistantships

SUNY Oneonta offers Graduate and Teaching Assistantships to a number of full-time graduate students who are enrolled in degree programs. Assistantships are awarded by academic departments. Assistantships may involve tuition waivers and/or stipends.

GRADUATE STUDIES AT SUNY ONEONTA

As a SUNY Oneonta graduate student, you will develop meaningful relationships with outstanding, accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, experienced, caring teachers, and advocates for your success. You will expand your knowledge, hone your skills and become a leader in your field. When you complete your degree program, you will join a network of successful alumni whose experiences at SUNY Oneonta opened new doors, fostered personal and professional growth, and enriched their careers. We’re committed to nurturing a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully, and you’ll see that mission reflected in your coursework, in your conversations and in your experiences.

The Office of Graduate Admissions is eager to assist you, from the application process to graduation. Email us at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or call us at 607-436-2523 to get started.

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