Adolescence Education/Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 MsEd

School of Education & Human Services

Recent estimates place the number of students who receive special education services at 14 percent of all public school students.  Adolescent students with disabilities (SWD) is a growing sector of this population, creating a high demand for individuals certified in teaching SWD: Adolescence. Earn a dual degree and you will be certified to teach in both regular and special education classrooms, opening more opportunities as schools are more likely to hire teachers who hold more than one teaching certification.

$860/credit hour
2 years
39 Credits, Full-time or Part-time
Program Format
On Campus
Initial Content Area & SWD 7-12
Currently Accepting Applications For
Fall and Spring

Program Description 

If you have a content major from another university, this program enables you to take an additional six courses to earn both Adolescence and 7-12 Adolescence Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 certifications. The MSED program will prepare you to meet the needs of students with disabilities, placing a strong emphasis on theory, research and practicum experience.  

You will develop an understanding of etiology, related psychological and social factors and techniques proven effective for teaching adolescent students with diverse learning needs.  Your knowledge of student development and learning will allow you to promote achievement for all students.

Student Success Stories

Jon Aumiller, MS Adolescent Social Studies Education and Special Education 7-12, '20

Jon Aumiller

"In 2016 I decided to make a change in my life and pursue a career in education. I quickly realized that I would have to go back to school to gain my initial certification as well as a Masters's degree. After meeting with several other schools in the area, I decided to return to Canisius. My decision to continue my education at Canisius College was an easy decision to make. I completed my undergraduate degree at Canisius in 2015 and was very familiar with the quality of education and high standards that Canisius students are held to. 

The individualized support that I received was second to none. Professors and advisors are genuinely invested in the success of each Canisius College student. This was especially evident during pre-student teaching and student teaching. The feedback and knowledge I received in each of my classes have helped me immensely in my first year of teaching. As a first-year teacher, I am confident in my abilities and have a strong foundation of knowledge that has helped me navigate teaching during a pandemic. I attribute this to my time at Canisius College."


Earning a dual degree offers greater flexibility—holding two certifications will make it easier to move within a district to teach at different levels or different courses within your subject area.