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Adolescent Special Education

SUNY Empire State College

36 months
565 USD/credit 8475 USD/year
565 USD/credit 8475 USD/year
471 USD/credit 7065 USD/year
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The Adolescent Special Education program of SUNY Empire State College is a 45-credit, clinically-rich residency program available in the Buffalo, Syracuse, Latham, and New York City areas. The program’s philosophy and subsequent courses are based on an inclusive model that prepares teacher candidates for collaboration and co-teaching in the inclusion classroom.


Completion of the Adolescent Special Education program of SUNY Empire State College and passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations lead to NYS Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist Initial and Professional Certification.

Program Goals

The M.A.T. in Special Education program’s goal is twofold:

  • to produce caring and highly specialized teachers who have the ability to meet the challenges in today’s inclusion classrooms; and
  • to produce teacher candidates who facilitate the growth of their students by empowering students to actively participate in their learning and reach their highest potential.

Particular attention will be given to instructional design for the inclusive and co-teaching classrooms; special education identification and assessment practices; classroom management and behavioral interventions; foundations of research with an emphasis on research methods, statistical analysis and interpretation; and applied behavioral analysis for severe stereotypic behavior.

Teacher candidates will complete 100 hours of pre-residency classroom field observations, two residency terms under the supervision of a critic teacher, 45 credit hours of coursework, and a capstone action research project to meet program requirements leading to initial certification.

Programme Structure

Courses offered:

  • Special Education Law
  • Middle Childhood & Adolescent Development
  • Exceptionalities: Individualizing Learning
  • Teaching & Learning Across the Contents
  • Children With Disabilities: Severe & Profound
  • Behavior Management & Intervention

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Essays.
  • Resume/CV: A resume/CV including previous experience, education and other achievements.
  • Recommendations: We require two (2) recommendations from appropriately qualified persons.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies (MAT) scores.
  • Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency.
  • Orientation Fee of $50 (non-refundable) paid at the time of online application submission.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8475 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 565 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    8475 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 565 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • In-State

    7065 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 471 USD per credit during 36 months.


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