M.A. and M.Ed. Programs in
Intellectual Disability/Autism

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Intellectual Disability/Autism

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Master’s Programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism 

Leading to Teacher Certification in Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescence

These programs are designed for individuals who do not already hold New York State initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities.  The early childhood and childhood programs lead to dual certification.  All programs prepare pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, the programs foster the acquisition of the broad-based knowledge and skills needed to provide effective educational programs for students with the full range of learning and behavior characteristics.   

In addition, the programs provide specialized preparation in working with individuals with Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder at specific age levels. This is accomplished through required coursework in general education content areas and psychology as well as a special education core including coursework and a variety of fieldwork experiences.  The programs are fully aligned with the New York State Learning Standards.

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree Program in Intellectual Disability/Autism: Early Childhood (ITDE-DUAL) - for individuals who seek NYS dual certification in Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (birth through grade 2). This 60-point full-time program typically requires two years to complete.
  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree Program in Intellectual Disability/Autism:  Childhood (grades 1-6)  (ITDS-DUAL) - for individuals who seek NYS dual certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities (grades 1-6). This 43-point full-time program typically requires one and a half years to complete.
  • Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability/Autism: Adolescent Generalist (grades 7-12) (ITDA-INIT) - for individuals who seek NYS initial certification in Students with Disabilities - generalist (grades 7-12). This 38-point full-time program typically requires one and a half years to complete.
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Intellectual Disability/Autism (grades 1-6) (ITDC-TRAN - Peace Corps Fellow Program): This MA program is restricted to students who have been admitted to the Peace Corps Fellows Program and requires participation in the pre-service summer component and other activities associated with that program. The program leads to NYS transitional-B certification at the childhood (grades 1-6) level.  This 36-point program typically requires two years to complete.

     

Admission

Applicants to the M.Ed. in Intellectual Disability/Autism: Early Childhood, MA in Intellectual Disability/Autism: Childhood (grades 1-6), or the MA in Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability/Autism: Adolescent Generalist are not required to hold initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities.

The program begins in the Fall semester. 

Application Deadlines:

Priority: January 15

Regular: April 15

Although admission is rolling after the April 15 deadline, applying by this deadline is recommended to guarantee a timely response.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Completed application form and application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

For more information about the application process, view the Admissions Instructions for Degree Programs.

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