Special Education (Advanced)

Graduate: Master's

School of Education & Human Services

Special education teachers are dedicated to helping students with special needs and developmental challenges learn and grow. If you are an educator looking to build on a rewarding and challenging teaching career, working with children and youth of different abilities, consider a Master’s degree in Special Education.

Program Description

The Master’s in Special Education program places a strong emphasis on theory, research and practicum experience. The curriculum enables you to develop an understanding of etiology, related psychological and social factors, and techniques proven effective for teaching students with diverse learning needs.

This master’s program is for you if you have already completed a degree program that led to certifications in either Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education or Adolescence Education and Teaching Students With Disabilities Adolescence Generalist. You will earn professional certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities.

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Student Success Stories

Leah Hoffman student story

"After finishing my undergraduate program at Canisius College in special education, I felt the need to continue my education, especially as a first year teacher. The Advanced Special Education program offered at Canisius allows me to further expand and deepen my knowledge and participate in coursework that positively impacts my ability to educate students with disabilities. With this program, I have also acquired the opportunity to extend my certification to grades 7-12 which will enable me to be placed at a variety of grade levels in my school’s community. The knowledge and course work in the Advanced Special Education program has allowed me to further explore strategies and practices that have benefited me during my transition into a classroom setting. I have truly benefited from working with the full-time and adjunct faculty who are currently working in P-12 settings and have been able to use what I am learning the next day in my own classroom. The Advanced Special Education program is a wonderful experience that has deepened my knowledge and skills as a special educator."

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The graduate programs include pathways to achieve course requirements and to earn a New York State Certification Master of Science Degree in Special Education.

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