Special Education (Childhood)

The graduate Special Education - Childhood program prepares teacher candidates to work with students with disabilities in grades 1 - 6. The program is built around foundational knowledge, advanced theories and supervised practical experiences. It is our belief that a  a sound theoretical and research background coupled with practical experiences creates highly qualified special education teachers. The program builds on education courses taken at the undergraduate level, to an expanded focus on mild, moderate, and significant disabilities. The Special Education program at Sage is relatively small, allowing faculty and teacher candidates 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 the candidate's coursework, practical experiences, and the final assessment portfolio.

The Special Education program is designed for candidates who have already met the requirements for New York State provisional or initial certification in Childhood Education and are seeking professional certification in Special Education (grades 1-6)

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

Admission Requirements

Candidates must meet Sage Graduate School admission requirements. In addition, applicants to the Special Education program complete an:

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