Literacy/Special Education (Childhood, Dual Certification)

The dual masters in Literacy/Special Education (Childhood) is intended for candidates who are already certified in elementary education or childhood education. This degree prepares candidates to effectively work with students with disabilities and reading difficulties as well as to serve as consultant teachers.

One of the goals of this program is to help diminish the artificial distinctions between general educators and special educators. Another goal of the program is to prepare expert consultant teachers. In this model, the general education classroom is considered the most ideal placement for students with disabilities to receive their special education services, as opposed to full time in a self-contained class or part time in a resource room. The consulting teacher is trained to work with students with disabilities in the regular classroom, collaborates with the regular classroom teacher on how to accommodate the child's needs in the regular program, and also delivers the appropriate instruction.

The program at Sage is relatively small, allowing faculty and students to work closely together. This close working relationship begins during the first advising session when the faculty advisor and the teacher candidate develop a program of study tailored to meet his/her individual educational needs.  This relationship continues throughout all of the candidate's coursework, practical experiences, and final culminating portfolio.

All matriculated students complete a signed program of study. Any change in stated coursework must receive written approval of the assigned faculty advisor.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Literacy/Special Education (Childhood) program must meet general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School and must be current certified teachers. In addition, applicants to the Literacy/Special Education program complete an:

  • Interview with an appropriate advisor after all materials have been submitted
  • Assessment of writing skills
  • Holds a NYS initial certification in Childhood Education or a closely related field

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage's Literacy programs are nationally recognized by the International Reading Association and NCATE! 

Sage's Esteves School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

  • Sage is one of only 28 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
  • The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
  • NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
  • Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation.