Special Education (Advanced) Catalog

Advanced Special Education (MSEd) (Professional)

Department Chair:  Marya Grande, PhD

The fully online Advanced Special Education Program leads to a MSEd degree and endorsement for Professional Students with Disabilities  certification.  This program is appropriate for candidates who have completed the requirements for Initial Students with Disabilities 1-6, 7-12, or All Grades Certification and want to continue at the graduate level to seek professional certification in this area. 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. Most classes are asynchronous, meaning students can complete it on their own time during the week, instead of a synchronous format where students all have to sign into zoom at the same time. There may be some synchronous times set up between students and faculty, however those will be very limited.

Licensure Disclosure

Canisius University 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.

Grade Requirements

Graduate students enrolled in initial certification programs must achieve a C or above in all course requirements and a B- or above in all graduate program coursework. Failure to meet these requirements will require repeating the course &/or completing additional coursework.


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
SPE 690Advanced Seminar in Special Education3
Education Elective3
Education Elective3
Total Credits30

Early Childhood

If candidates already hold childhood certification (Gr. 1-6) they may desire to use their electives to extend their certification to include Birth to Grade 2 (Early Childhood Education) by taking two classes. Candidates should consult their academic adviser for options.

Middle Childhood

Candidates wishing to obtain an extension to teach grades 7-9 (thus enabling candidates to teach in their 30 credit subject area only) must add a middle childhood extension. Consult your advisor to determine if this is possible based on an undergraduate degree audit. The two courses required by Canisius to endorse candidates for this certification are available in consultations with faculty advisors.