Russell Sage College offers two student teaching options for Childhood and Special Education master’s degree candidates.
Learning Experience and Course Objectives
This master’s degree in education is very interactive, with many connections to local public schools. You’ll participate in practical experiences while also studying theory.
You’ll learn best practices for working with students of varying needs, including gifted students. Learn through foundational knowledge, advanced theories, and supervised practical experiences.
Rolling admission, so apply anytime, and begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- One letter of recommendation
- A one- to two-page career goals essay
- Candidates who are interested in the Classroom Academy should apply to the residency program at the same time that they apply to the M.S. program. Learn more and apply at Classroomacademy.org.
- GRE scores are not required.
Personal Advising, Experienced Faculty
Our master’s program comes with a deep, Russell Sage-level of support from an assigned faculty advisor who works with you to ensure your success.
“Russell Sage College and the Esteves School of Education act as leaders in education not just in the Capital District, but in New York State.”
Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Education
Careers with an Elementary and Special Education Degree
Once you complete your master’s degree, the edTPA and Content Specialty Tests, you’ll meet the requirements for dual certification in elementary and special education.
Dual certification in elementary and special education means you will be able to teach all learners, which increases employment options. Graduates become special education teachers as well as classroom teachers. They also pursue other education-related opportunities, such as working for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
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