MSc in Special Education
The Special Education Master of Science Degree Program at Canisius is designed for those dedicated to meet the needs of students with disabilities, placing a strong emphasis on theory, research and practicum experience. The curriculum enables candidates to develop an understanding of etiology, related psychological and social factors and techniques proven effective for teaching students with diverse learning needs.
The graduate programs in Special Education include pathways to achieve course requirements and to earn a New York State Certification Master of Science Degree in Special Education. The program leads to initial and/or professional teacher certification. Practica and research opportunities are available throughout the program.
Canisius offers several options for graduate students interested in working with children and youth with disabilities. Click the links below to learn more about each program:
• Advanced Special Education
This program is appropriate for candidates who have completed the requirements for both Initial Childhood Certification and Special Education Certification at the undergraduate level.
• Childhood Special Education
This program is appropriate for candidates who have completed the requirements for Initial Childhood Certification but who plan to secure Special Education Certification at the graduate level.
• Adolescence Special Education
This program is appropriate for candidates who have completed the requirements for Initial Adolescence Certification but who plan to secure Special Education Certification at the graduate level.
• Initial Childhood Plus Special Education
This program is appropriate for candidates with no prior certification who are seeking both Initial Childhood Certification and Special Education Certification at the graduate level.
• Initial Adolescence Plus Special Education
This program is appropriate for candidates with no prior certification who are seeking both Initial Adolescence Certification and Special Education Certification at the graduate level.
To be considered for admission to Canisius College's master's degree program in Special Education, candidates are required to submit the following items:
• A completed graduate admissions application.
• One official college/university transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (3.0 in major courses).
• Evidence of teacher certification, if applicable (not required for those seeking initial teacher certification along with special education certification).
• Two letters of recommendation.
Official undergraduate transcripts with accompanying Certified English translations (see organizations listed below:
• Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report showing a score of at least 550 for the paper test, at least 213 for the CBT (computer-based test), or at least 80 for the IBT (Internet-based test). Scores must be forwarded directly from the testing service. Canisius also accepts IELTs scores of 6.5 or higher. • Completed Certification of Finances (COF) form, along with any necessary bank statements or sponsor affidavits, to secure a student visa. • Individuals who have completed university coursework at an institution outside the United States (except Canadian universities) must have their transcipts and degrees evaluated to be considered for admission.
The following organizations are private institutions that will translate degrees and transcripts. There is a fee associated with evaluations.
World Education Services, Inc. P.O. Box 11623 Chicago, IL 60611-0623 USA
Program Start Dates
New graduate students are admitted three times a year: Spring (January), Summer (May-June) and Fall (late August). There are no deadlines for applying. We operate on a rolling admissions basis. Students should complete their applications at least one month prior to the term they wish to begin.
Applications for candidates with less than a 2.7 cumulative GPA will be reviewed by the program director for an admissions decision and may include additional requirements (e.g., personal interview, GRE/GMAT, etc.)