The special education programs lead to a master of science in education degree and eligibility for New York State certification in special education. The teaching bilingual exceptional individuals program leads to eligibility for a New York State Bilingual Education Extension. The early childhood and childhood special education graduate programs are designed for students with undergraduate majors in education or special education.
The Exceptional Education Department offers three specialty master of science in education degree programs in special education: early childhood, childhood, and generalist 7-12. Students who are not provisionally/initially certified in special education must complete 15-18 credit hours of preliminary coursework in addition to the program area requirements. Students in the generalist 7-12 program or one of the 17 generalist 7-12 and 7-12 subject area extension programs may require additional New York State content core and/or specific subject area coursework. Required preliminary courses are listed under each program area below. All three programs require the completion of a research component: EXE 684 and EXE 690, which must be taken in sequential order at the end of the program. The Exceptional Education Department also offers a Bilingual Special Education Certificate Program. Successful completion of this program leads to recommendation for New York State certification extension in bilingual special education. Students are able to complete this certificate program concurrently with one of the special education masters of science in education programs offered by the department.
Advisement: Because of the variety of options available in the department, it is imperative that majors and premajors seek advisement as early as possible. Students should contact their assigned academic advisers. The student designs programs of study with his or her adviser according to the student’s goals and background.
Practicum: Practicum assignments link theoretical coursework with the applied demands of a wide variety of internship settings. Practicum sites are available to meet the needs and interests of nearly all students and are selected by the program coordinator.
Certification: Students in the department who are certified in early childhood education, childhood education, or adolescent education must fulfill course and degree requirements for New York State certification in special education and/or teaching bilingual exceptional education.
Special Education: Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 (EXS) and Students with Disabilities 7-12 Subject Area Extensions
The Students with Disabilities (SWD) Generalist 7-12 programs prepare teachers to work with students with mild disabilities at the secondary level. The programs are intended to develop highly qualified teachers who possess the knowledge and skills to develop and facilitate effective instruction and programs. Secondary special education teacher candidates are prepared to work collaboratively with general education subject matter specialists, as well as with career education personnel. Graduates of this program become knowledgeable in subject matter content, as well as best practices for transition planning. They also acquire a solid base in the technology of teaching, with knowledge related to direct and interactive instruction (cooperative learning, peer tutoring, differentiated instruction, and responsive instructional strategies).
The programs recognize the unique needs of adolescents with learning problems. A major goal of this program is to prepare teachers to address secondary students’ skill deficits, social adaptation problems, and vocational competence.
The SWD Generalist 7-12 program leads to a master of science in education degree and eligibility for New York State certification in SWD Generalist 7-12. The additional 17 SWD Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 subject extension programs lead to a master of science in education degree and eligibility for New York State certification in SWD Generalist 7-12 as well as 7-12 subject area extensions. The 7-12 subject area extensions to the SWD Generalist 7-12 program are: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, and Urdu.
Because of the variety of programs available and their requirements, it is imperative teacher candidates seek advisement as early as possible. Teacher candidates should contact their assigned academic advisers. The candidate designs programs of study with his or her adviser according to the candidate's goals and background. The process will require an analysis of candidate's transcripts. Transcript analysis will include a review of previous courses in accordance with part 80 of the Regulations and Requirements from the Office of Teaching Initiatives will be used to determine if this requirement was met. Recommendation will include a review of the teacher candidate’s transcripts to ensure 24 credit hours in the content core requirement have been met. In addition, students pursuing one of the 17 subject area extensions must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in the chosen subject area. Recommendation will be contingent on upon completion of this requirement. The Student with Disabilities Checklist will be used to document completion of this requirement.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Admission is competitive; not all qualified applicants are admitted.
2. Certification in early childhood special education, childhood special education, or generalist 7-12 special education. Applicants with certification in early childhood education, childhood education, or adolescence education must meet additional special education certification requirements once enrolled. For the generalist 7-12 programs only, applicants without any teaching certifications will be considered. Applicants for the generalist 7-12 programs must meet additional special education certification requirements as well as New York State content core and subject area requirements once enrolled.
3. Employment or other experience relevant to the graduate course of study.
4. A written statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of education and relevant experiences in the field. This statement must adhere to standard written English.
5. Faculty review.
6. Completion of a special application (available from the department or download from http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/admissions).
7. The ability to speak English and Spanish, and an oral interview (for bilingual exceptional individuals certificate program applicants only).
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate catalog.
Successful completion of the undergraduate program in exceptional education at Buffalo State is not a guarantee of admission to a graduate program. A point system based on the above criteria is used to evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest point totals are admitted to the program each admission period. Only students admitted to the major (as majors or premajors) may take courses other than EXE 500.
Premajor Status: Students may not apply for premajor status. They apply to the graduate program, and the department decides if they are accepted to the program as majors or premajors. Premajors may enroll, by advisement, in two EXE courses at the 500 level (e.g., EXE 500, EXE 501) only. Premajors may not register for courses identified as "majors only" during the preregistration period. Student teaching and other fieldwork experiences are closed to premajors. There is no waiting list for admission to the Exceptional Education Department. Premajors apply for admission as majors by submitting a change of major form to the Graduate School during or after the completion of two EXE courses. Premajors are not guaranteed admission to the program.
Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 Requirements
Content Core Requirements* 24 cr
Must have six semester hours in each subject area
Social Studies (3)
Social Studies (3)
*some or all content core requirements may be met through transcript analysis
Preliminary Courses 18 cr
Required for students without provisional/initial certification in special education
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs
EXE 501 Educational Assessment Techniques for Special Education
EXE 502 Contingency Management
EXE 503 Instructional Strategies (Foundations)
EXE 504 Graduate Practicum in Special Education (6)
Required Courses 27 cr
EXE 520 Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
EXE 620 Advanced Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
EXE 627 Transition from School to Adult Community Life
EXE 628 Consultation and Collaboration
EXE 631 Adapting Language Arts and Reading Instruction
CTE 605 Vocational Guidance for Career Exploration
EXE 632 Direct Instruction Intervention Models for Students with Special Needs
EXE 633 Adapting Content Area Instruction
EXE 634 Applied Behavior Analysis
EXE 682 Instructional Field Experience in Special Education
EXE 684 Graduate Seminar in Exceptional Education
Master’s Project or Master’s Thesis 3-6 cr
Select one option:
EXE 690 Master’s Project
EXE 695 Master’s Thesis (6)
Total Required Credit Hours 30-75 cr
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.
The Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Subject Area Extension Requirements (48-93 cr)
In addition to completing the Student with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 requirements, candidates in a subject area extension program must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in the chosen subject area. Adviser approved courses from previous undergraduate and graduate studies may be used to fulfill some or all of a subject area's extension requirements. The 7-12 subject area extensions to the SWD Generalist 7-12 program are: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, and Urdu.