Our Master's programs in Education & Special Education are designed for experienced teachers seeking an advanced degree and students at the beginning of their careers.

Completion of a program leads to a Master of Science degree as well as certification in both general and special education (birth-grade 2 or grades 1-6) or special education (grades 7-12), upon your meeting all NYSED requirements, including taking required seminars and workshops, filing fingerprints with NYSED, and passing NYS teacher certification exams.

We offer three programs:

  • Early Childhood & Special Education (Birth-2)
  • Childhood and Special Education (1-6)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities (7-12)

What you'll learn

Whatever your program, you’ll be exposed to the latest evidence-based teaching theories and methods and how to integrate common core learning standards into your teaching. You’ll learn how critical it is to understand the various cultural contexts of the New York City metro area’s large and diverse student body. You’ll also get ample time putting what you’ve learned into practice in actual classrooms.

Explore the important role that home life and community plays in a child’s emotional and academic development, as well as innovative approaches to encourage creative and critical thinking.

Take state-required seminars and workshops on topical concerns such as child abuse, school violence prevention, substance abuse, child safety, autism and bullying, and harassment. We also offer test prep workshops to help prepare you for your teacher certification exams.

M.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education & Special Education (Birth-Grade 2)

The program in Early Childhood Education and Special Education prepares teaching candidates with knowledge of early childhood development, early intervention, and learning and teaching processes in preschool, kindergarten, and primary grade levels. Upon graduation from the program and completion of New York State Education Department (NYSED) requirements, this program leads to New York State Initial or Professional Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2).

The Early Childhood Education/Special Education Program requires 36 credit hours. Coursework includes 15 credit hours of general pedagogical core courses and 21 credit hours of specific pedagogical courses, including six credit hours of Field Experience and Practicum. A culminating E-portfolio, presenting course-based learning artifacts to demonstrate satisfactory development as an effective novice teacher, is required for graduation.

Early Childhood Education and Special Education, Birth-Grade 2 (36 CREDITS)

  • EDPN 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context
  • SEDN 602 Introduction to Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • EDDN 625 The Education of Young Children: Principles and Methods
  • EDSN 657 Early Literacy Instruction I
  • EDSN 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
  • EDSN 682 Field Experience and Practicum I in Early Childhood General and Special Education, Birth-Grade 2
  • SEDN 635 The Study of Disabilities in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • EDSN 650 Educational Technology in General and Special Education
  • EDSN 626 Patterns of Parenting and Child Care in Relation to Early Intervention and Education
  • SEDN 658 Early Literacy Instruction II
  • EDSN 600 History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education
  • SEDN 683 Practicum II in Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Grade 2

Non-Credit Tuition-Free Seminars and Workshops

  • EDDN 511 Seminar in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
  • EDDN 513 Seminar in School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • SEDN 565 3-hour Autism Workshop (required for NYSED certification)
  • EDDN 565 6-hour Bullying and Harassment Workshop (required for NYSED certification)

Non-Credit Seminars and Preparation Workshops for NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations)

  • EDDN 515 Strengthening Writing and Reading Skills
  • EDSN 567 edTPA Test Preparation Seminar
  • EDDN 562 CST Students with Disabilities Workshop
  • EDDN 580 Educating All Students Exam Prep

M.S. Degree in Childhood Education & Special Education (Grades 1-6)

The program in Childhood Education and Special Education offers a course of study for teacher candidates to become educational leaders who can practice theory and theorize practice in childhood education settings to implement effective teaching practices for culturally and ability diverse students and school communities. Designed for those interested in teaching children from first through sixth grade across subject areas, the program combines rigorous course work with clinical experiences to prepare candidates for initial or professional New York State dual certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1 - 6) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1 - 6).

The Childhood Education/Special Education Program requires 36 credit hours. Coursework includes 15 credit hours of general pedagogical core courses and 21 credit hours of specific pedagogical courses, including six credit hours of Field Experience and Practicum. A culminating E-portfolio, presenting course-based learning artifacts to demonstrate satisfactory development as an effective novice teacher, is required for graduation.

Childhood Education and Special Education, Grades 1 - 6 (36 CREDITS)

  • EDPN 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context
  • SEDN 602 Introduction to Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • EDSN 665 Basic Reading and Writing Instruction, Grades 1-6
  • EDSN 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
  • EDSN 603 Teaching Mathematics, Science, and Technology in General and Special Education, Grades 1-6
  • EDSN 694 Field Experience in General Education and Special Education, Grades 1-6
  • EDSN 650 Educational Technology in General and Special Education
  • SEDN 667 Assessment, Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disabilities, Grades 1-6
  • EDSN 604 Teaching Social Studies and the Arts in General and Special Education, Grades 1-6
  • EDSN 600 History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education
  • SEDN 670 Curriculum Development and Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6
  • SEDN 695 Practicum in Special Education, Grades 1 - 6

Non-Credit Tuition-Free Seminars and Workshops

  • EDDN 511 Seminar in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
  • EDDN 513 Seminar in School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • SEDN 565 3-hour Autism Workshop (required for NYSED certification)
  • EDDN 565 6-hour Bullying and Harassment Workshop (required for NYSED certification)

Non-Credit Seminars and Preparation Workshops for NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations)

  • EDDN 515 Strengthening Writing and Reading Skills
  • EDSN 567 edTPA Test Preparation Seminar
  • EDDN 562 CST Students with Disabilities Workshop
  • EDDN 580 Educating All Students Exam Prep

M.S. Degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Generalist, Grades 7-12

Designed for individuals interested in teaching adolescents with diverse abilities and unique needs across subject areas, the Master of Science in Teaching Students with Disabilities, Generalist, Grades 7-12 program combines rigorous course work with clinical experiences to prepare candidates for initial or professional certification in New York State. The course of study offers candidates the opportunity to examine and apply educational theory and evidence-based practices to gain the skills and competencies to effectively promote the learning, development, and academic achievement of all students with learning challenges in a variety of school settings.

The Teaching Students with Disabilities, Generalist, Grades 7-12 Program requires 42 credit hours. Coursework includes 15 credit hours of general pedagogical core courses and 27 credit hours of specific pedagogical courses, including six credit hours of field work related directly to teaching students in grades 7-12. A culminating E-portfolio, presenting course-based learning artifacts to demonstrate satisfactory development as an effective novice teacher, is required for graduation.

Teaching Students with Disabilities, Generalist, Grades 7 – 12 (42 CREDITS)

  • EDPN 620 Child Development and Learning in Cultural Context
  • SEDN 602 Introduction to Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • SEDN 666 Language and Literature for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • EDSN 640 Assessment of Individual Differences in General and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective
  • SEDN 601 Principles of Mathematics Instruction for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • EDSN 650 Educational Technology in General and Special Education
  • SEDN 617 Principles of Teaching Historical and Cultural Studies for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • SEDN 675 Field Experience in Special Education, Grades 7-12
  • SEDN 606 Principles of Science and Technology Instruction for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • SEDN 618 Principles of Teaching the Arts and Physical Education for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • SEDN 673 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation of Reading Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • EDSN 600 History and Philosophy of Education and Special Education
  • SEDN 672 Curriculum Development and Classroom Management for Students with Disabilities, Grades 7-12
  • SEDN 678 Practicum in Special Education, Grades 7-12

Non-Credit Tuition-Free Seminars and Workshops

  • EDDN 511 Seminar in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
  • EDDN 513 Seminar in School Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • SEDN 565 3-hour Autism Workshop (required for NYSED certification)
  • EDDN 565 6-hour Bullying and Harassment Workshop (required for NYSED certification)

Non-Credit Seminars and Preparation Workshops for NYSTCE (New York State Teacher Certification Examinations)

  • EDDN 515 Strengthening Writing and Reading Skills
  • EDSN 567 edTPA Test Preparation Seminar
  • EDDN 562 CST Students with Disabilities Workshop
  • EDDN 580 Educating All Students Exam Prep

Admissions Requirements

We welcome applications from students who are new to education and special education, as well as experienced teachers looking to expand their credentials.

New York State requires all teachers to hold a master’s degree. Our program is designed to serve the largest number of professionals in public and private education and ensure they have the credentials and preparation to succeed as educators.

Academic Requirements

All applicants to the MS program in Education and Special Education should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • A major or its equivalent in a liberal arts and sciences subject area and liberal arts and sciences courses in:
    • English Composition
    • Literature
    • Social Science
    • Language other than English
    • Science
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Speech
    • Arts
    • Computer Literacy

(Students who do not meet the liberal arts and sciences requirements may be permitted to complete the requirements while they do their graduate studies.)

  • A minimum undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must obtain a score of at least 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL score report for Touro College Graduate Education is 2902. This requirement can be waived provided there is alternative evidence of the applicant's proficiency in English.
  • Applicants must submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) official test scores, or a nationally-normed equivalent. Applicants who present MAT scores will be asked to complete a writing sample administered by Touro. It will be another criterion within a candidate's application that each program weighs appropriately. Touro's GRE test code is 2902 and MAT test code is 3346.
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