Adolescent Special Education

SUNY/Empire State College

M.Ed. Online
24 months
23100 USD/year
13570 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The M.Ed. in Adolescent Special Education program from SUNY/Empire State College is a 33-42 credit program available fully online, but requiring access to New York State schools. 


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 this degree program from 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. It is designed for those already teaching and certified in New York State, but looking for additional certification in Students with Disabilities.

The M.Ed. in Adolescent Special Education program’s goal is twofold: 1) to produce caring and highly specialized teachers who have the ability to meet the challenges in today’s inclusion classrooms; and 2) 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.

Certified teachers in this program will spend one summer term (4 weeks) under the supervision of a critic teacher and must successfully complete a minimum of‌; 50 hours of classroom field observations in inclusion, special education, and self-contained classrooms; and a capstone action research project to meet program requirements leading to Initial and Professional certification.

Programme Structure

This is a fully online program. However, the clinical summer Residency experience (4 weeks) must be completed in a New York State school.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Application Materials

  • A single integrative essay
  • Current resume'
  • Two recommendations, at least one from your current direct supervisor or appropriate alternative with the ability to discuss your career and professional goals and skills; a second letter may come from members of the faculty with whom you have worked or who know you well
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited colleges/universities attended: 
  • Non-refundable $50 application/orientation fee
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11550 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13570 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6785 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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