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Intellectual Disability/Autism

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Overview of Degrees and Certifications

The Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism offer a variety of Master’s degrees, many leading to NYS Certification.  Unique to these programs is specialized instruction and experiences preparing teachers to work with students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.   

Master’s Degree Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism Leading to Teacher Certification

Our programs offer coursework and experiences at three levels: early childhood, childhood and adolescence. The early childhood and childhood programs lead to dual certification in students with disabilities. All certification programs prepare teachers to work with students with and without disabilities.  

M.Ed. in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Early Childhood Level): This M.Ed. program is for students who seek NY State Dual Certification in Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (birth-grade 2).

M.A. in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Childhood Level):  This M.A. program is for students who seek NYS Dual Certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6).  

M.A. in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Adolescence Level): This M.A. program is for students who seek NY State Initial Certification in Students with Disabilities -Generalist (grades 7-12).

M.A. in Intellectual Disability/Autism Peace Corps Fellow Program (Childhood Level):   This M.A. program, which is restricted to Peace Corps Fellows, leads to Transitional-B certification (grades 1-6).      

Master’s Degree Program in Multiple or Severe Disabilities

M.A. in Multiple or Severe Disabilities:  This M.A. program is designed for students who already have initial Special Education teaching certificates.  The program leads to annotation in multiple or severe disabilities.  The program provides emphasis on the needs of students with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.   

Master’s Degree Programs in Developmental Disabilities

The M.A. Program in Developmental Disabilities offers interdisciplinary perspective on disabilities, bridging coursework in special education with that across other disciplines (Psychology, Health, and/or Leadership).  While this program does not lead to teacher certification, it provides students with knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities, with specialized emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (On Campus):  This program is designed for students who seek a graduate degree that provides knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities, but do not want teacher certification.  

M.A. in Developmental Disabilities (Online): As with the in-person Developmental Disabilities program, the online Developmental Disabilities program is designed for students who seek a graduate degree that provides knowledge and experiences in developmental disabilities.  The online program includes the added flexibility of an asynchronous format.  This program will begin in Summer, 2018.   

Doctoral Programs

Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Intellectual Disability/Autism: The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs are designed for students who seek advanced research training in the field of developmental disability.  

 

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