Esteves School of Education Grad Student

M.S. in Childhood / Special Education

The Master of Science program in Childhood / Special Education at the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges provides prospective educators with certification in both Childhood Education and Special Education, enhancing candidates’ employability when seeking positions in elementary schools.

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

Admission Requirements

This program is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree with substantial preparation in liberal arts, but who have little or no background in professional education. The undergraduate preparation in liberal arts should represent the minimum requirements for undergraduate students in childhood education at Sage; deficiencies may be satisfied by coursework over and above the requirements of the approved program.

Applicants for admission to the program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School and must also meet the following specific requirements.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts or science area
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with the following minimum scores:
    • GRE Minimum Scores – Verbal Reasoning-145, Quantitative Reasoning-145, Analytical Writing-3.5
    • MAT Minimum Score – 350
  • Exemption
    • Pursuant to the law, each program is entitled to exempt a student from these admission requirements based on the exempted student’s demonstrated potential to positively contribute to the teaching profession.

National Accreditation Advantage

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.