This Special Education, Adolescence program at Binghamton University is designed to prepare teachers to operationalize “least restrictive environment” philosophies for children and youth with disabilities. Core themes include collaboration with families and other professionals and pedagogy that respects and responds to individual differences. For teachers with initial certification, this program provides knowledge and skills to fulfill various special education teacher roles in today's schools. Sufficient flexibility exists for individuals from undergraduate programs in special education to either deepen their skills in the field or link their special education foundation with the larger context of general education. Similarly, graduates of early childhood, childhood or adolescence education programs may extend their knowledge and skills with students needing special education.
In addition to graduate courses suited to the degree you choose to pursue, fieldwork and student teaching are important components to the program. The program boasts strong content speciality as well as diverse student and faculty background. Faculty advisors and office staff are eager to assist students in tailoring their course of study and field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of a well-established network of alumni and professional connections that will help with field visits and placement. There are urban, suburban and rural schools in close proximity where student teaching opportunities are available.
After You Graduate
The completion of this degree and other requirements leads to a New York State certification as a special education teacher. Employment opportunities for teachers have improved significantly over the last few years. Alumni of our programs in education teach at numerous schools regionally and around the country. Due to strict licensure rules, a New York State teaching license is well respected across the nation. Typically, graduates of the programs easily find employment as teachers in other states.
Four program options are available, corresponding with the age/grade level of the applicant's initial certificate:
- Early Childhood Special Education - Birth to Grade 2 (requires initial certification in early childhood education)
- Early Childhood and Childhood Special Education - Birth to Grade 6 (requires initial certification in early childhood and childhood education)
- Childhood Special Education - Grades 1 to 6 (requires initial certification in childhood education)
- Adolescence Special Education - Grades 7 to 12 (requires initial certification in a subject area)
- 12 months
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DisciplinesEducation Special Education View 722 other Masters in Special Education in United States
- Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
- Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
- Personal statement
- Please see the TLEL Admissions website for additional information about the personal statement.
- Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
- The department will accept additional letters of recommendation.
- Teaching certification
- Official GRE scores
- Any program-specific materials
International23100 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
National23100 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23100 USD per year during 12 months.
In-State11310 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11310 USD per year during 12 months.
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