Special Education (Childhood)

The graduate Special Education - Childhood program prepares teachers of students with disabilities in grades 1 - 6. It combines advanced study and research in the field with supervised practica. It is our belief that a sound theoretical background with practical experience creates quality special education teachers.The program builds on education courses taken at the undergraduate level, and focuses on mild as well as significant disabilities. The program at Sage is relatively small, allowing faculty and students to work closely together. This close working relationship begins when a faculty advisor and student meet to develop a program tailored to meet the students educational needs. This relationship, which continues throughout the students coursework, culminates in a portfolio.

The Special Education program is designed for candidates who possess or meet the requirements for New York State provisional or initial certification in Childhood Education or other area and who seek professional certification in special education (grades 16) and the masters degree.

All matriculated students complete a signed program schedule. 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