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M.S. in Literacy/Special Education

The dual Master of Science degree 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 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.

Literacy Education and Special Education Dual Certification Program of Study

Admission Requirements

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

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0   and
    • Passing score on the edTPA  or
    • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with the following minimum scores:  Verbal Reasoning-145, Quantitative Reasoning-145, Analytical Writing-3.5  or
    • Complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a minimum score of 350
  • Applicants should have Initial Certification through the NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives. If accepted provisionally into the program without Initial Certification, certification must be received before 12 credits are completed or candidate will be unable to continue until such time as certification is received.


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.