Severe or Multiple Disabilities MA Annotation

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Severe or Multiple Disabilities

With New York State for an Annotation in the Teaching of Students with Multiple/Severe Disabilities


The M.A. degree in Teaching Students with Severe or Multiple Disabilities is designed for individuals who already hold initial certification as a teacher of students with disabilities and who are working toward professional certification. Graduates who meet all requirements of the program, and who complete all state requirements, will be recommended to New York State for an Annotation in the Teaching of Students with Multiple/Severe Disabilities.

This program prepares teachers to work with students with severe and/or multiple disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, the program fosters the acquisition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to provide effective educational programs for students with severe and/or multiple disabilities.

This 32-credit program typically takes one year to complete (Fall through Summer).

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 32
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

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  • NY State Annotation: Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT
  • Must hold Initial Certification in Special Education

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The MA Degree Program in Teaching Students with Multiple or Severe Disabilities approved teacher preparation program is designed for individuals who already hold (or are eligible to acquire through reciprocity) a valid New York State base certificate in any of the following titles: Students with Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Speech and Language Disabilities, and Blind and Visually Impaired. Graduates who meet all requirements of the program, and who complete all state requirements, will be recommended to New York State for an Annotation in the Teaching of Students with Multiple/Severe Disabilities in recognition of additional pedagogical knowledge, skills, and experiences in the teaching of students with severe/multiple disabilities. The Severe or Multiple Annotation certificate type will depend on the aforementioned valid NYS-base certificate title and certificate type that the candidate holds at the time of the institutional recommendation for certification as the Annotation is an extension to the existing certificate.

This program prepares teachers to work with students with severe or multiple disabilities in inclusive and specialized settings. Through coursework and practicum experiences, the program fosters the acquisition of the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to provide effective educational programs for students with severe and multiple disabilities. This 32-point program typically takes one year to complete (Fall through Summer).

Required Department Courses:

  • HBSE 4005        Computer applications in special education
  • HBSE 4006        Working with families of children with disabilities
  • HBSE 4010        Nature and needs of persons with intellectual disability/autism
  • HBSE 4011         Education of persons with intellectual disability/autism
  • HBSE 4015         Applied behavior analysis I
  • HBSE 4071        Language and Literacy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • HBSE 4082         Assessment and evaluation of infants, children, and youth with exceptionalities
  • HBSE 4701        Observation and student teaching in special education: Intellectual disability/autism
  • HBSE 4880        Opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities

Breadth Requirements:

Students choose breadth coursework (6 credits total) outside the major program in line with their professional goals.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education section of the catalog.

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