Differentiated Instruction

Graduate: Master's

School of Education & Human Services

A Master's in Differentiated Instruction is an educational approach that considers the varied learning needs of students, enabling teachers to provide personalized instruction so that each child in the classroom can learn effectively. Study in this program if you are a Certified Teacher and wish to advance your career by teaching based on the learning styles, language proficiencies, and many other factors that vary from student to student. 

Program Description

The Differentiated Instruction program prepares you to specialize in meeting the needs of learners in mixed ability classrooms. You will learn to challenge all students, including gifted students, English language learners, and students who struggle in school.

The program can be completed in one year and meets the master’s degree requirements for permanent or professional teacher certification in New York State. It also meets requirements for a certification extension in Gifted Education. You will participate in the college’s week-long summer practicum and apply your teaching skills in a summer camp for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Highlighted Courses:

  • EDDI 505 Introduction to Differentiated Instruction    
  • EDDI 510 Introduction to Gifted Education and Collaboration    
  • EDDI 600 Practicum and Seminar in Gifted Education     
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The college offers one of the only differentiated education master’s degree programs in the Western New York region and the degree can be completed in just three to four semesters.


Pass rate on the Gifted Certification Exam over the past two years.

Collaborative Opportunities

The DI program can be completed in one year. Classes are on-campus or hybrid (meeting half on-campus and half online). This program includes nine credits of electives. Electives can include courses from other programs which may be online. Electives can possibly lead to additional certifications or credits towards future certifications. Program alumni serve as mentors and contacts for future employment.

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Student Testimonials

Graduates of the Differentiated Instruction program credit their career success to the granular, layered and unique lessons provided by Canisius. Read their stories. 

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