Support student needs with a Master’s Degree in Special Education
Special educators teach students (grades 1-6) with a wide range of challenges and barriers related to their educational performances.
Earn New York State Special Education Certification
This master’s degree in Special Education is designed for individuals who have met certification requirements for Childhood Education and are looking to become certified in Special Education.
(If you would like to pursue certification in Childhood Education and Special Education, please see our Childhood/Special Education program. )
To become certified, graduates of the Special Education master’s program must take the Content Specialty Test in Students with Disabilities. After this, graduates go on to be special educators in grades 1-6.
If you are interested in dual certification, please see Russell Sage College’s dual master’s degree program in Special Education/Literacy.
More About Sage’s Special Education Master’s Degree
Many students with disabilities and barriers to educational learning struggle with literacy and math, often presenting with behavioral challenges. The Special Education master’s program focuses on specialized, evidence-based strategies for teaching concepts, as well as a tiered approach to academic and behavioral challenges.
You’ll learn dynamic and effective classroom management strategies — a vital tool for any educator — but especially special educators. By the time you finish the program, you’ll also be well-versed in how to provide support to students with high- and low-incidence disabilities, as well as those who need specific targeted individualized support.
This program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation.
“We offer a variety of graduate programs to meet Special Education certification requirements in New York state.”
Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Sage’s Special Education master’s programs prepared these graduates for success.
“This is a really great profession,” said special education teacher Connie Amedore. “You get to make a difference in kids’ …
“Just a couple of weeks ago, I texted one of my [former] professors for guidance about a student I’m working with.”
Rachel Bowen ’20
When Rachel Bowen went off to college in Boston, leaving her home in Saratoga Springs, she fully expected to become …
Careers with a Special Education Master’s Degree
With a Special Education master’s degree, you’ll be prepared to teach across the continuum of special education: in classrooms, resource rooms and within specialized programs.
Recent graduates have been hired as special education teachers in the Albany, New York, area, in Queensbury, New York, and throughout New York state. They also work as education data consultants, as directors of student support services and in other education administration roles.
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- one letter of recommendation
- 1-2 page career goals essay
- GRE is not requireds
Deadline: Rolling admission
Start Date: Fall, spring, summer semesters