Special Education (Advanced) Catalog

School of Education & Human Services
Special Education (MSEd) (Professional)

Department Co-Chairs:  Kelly A. Harper, PhD and Marya Grande, PhD

The Advanced Special Education Program leads to a MSEd degree and endorsement for Professional Students with Disabilities 1-6 certification.  This program is appropriate for candidates who have completed the requirements for Initial Students with Disabilities 1-6 Certification and Childhood 1-6 Education and want to continue at the graduate level to seek professional certification in those two areas. It is meant for candidates seeking to expand their knowledge base to focus on teaching students with mild to severe disabilities.  It builds on knowledge developed during the candidate's initial students with disabilities program and prepares them to be experts in their field.

Candidates seeking to expand their certifications to additional grade levels should consult their academic adviser. Starting in the Fall 2022 semester, this program will be fully online.

Licensure Disclosure

Canisius College cannot determine whether completion of this program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements outside of New York State for the intended occupation. We advise you to contact your state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for Professional Licensure in the state where you are located or the state in which you intend to pursue licensure. Please contact the associate dean of your school if you have further questions.


Required Courses for MSEd in Special Education (Advanced)

SPE 639Therapeutic Approaches for Disruptive Behavior3
EDU 556Assessment for Diverse Learners3
SPE 644Collaborative Practices on a Transdisciplinary Team3
SPE 649Transition Issues for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPE 650Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiology & Educational Needs3
SPE 653Behavior Management and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDU 615Research Methods3
Education Elective3
Education Elective3
Education Elective3
Total Credits30