The Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State is home to the B.S.Ed degree in exceptional education with dual certification in exceptional education and childhood education (grades 1-6) and M.S.Ed degrees in special education: generalist 7-12, special education: childhood, special education: early childhood, and teaching bilingual exceptional individuals certification extension.
Our graduates are employed in every state in the United States and in many foreign countries in special education positions as preschool, elementary, junior and senior high school teachers; special education administrators; teachers in bilingual programs; and college and university instructors and administrators.
The first teachers from the Exceptional Education Department at Buffalo State graduated in 1953, when efforts to educate students with disabilities were relatively new. In 1975, New York State passed a law requiring that an education be provided to children with disabilities of all types. Since then, the need for teachers to serve students with disabilities has grown, and the role of the special educator has grown and evolved as well. Today, the Exceptional Education Department has a combined enrollment of approximately 800 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We also had a joint doctoral program in special education with the University at Buffalo (SUNY), which was in operation from the late 1980s through 2019.
The skills, knowledge and competencies identified in professional, accreditation and state standards for special educators guide the foundation of our course offerings and our program development. The department ensures that students who complete the exceptional education program meet the New York State Certification requirements.
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The mission of the Exceptional Education Department is to prepare teachers, scholars and action researchers as exemplary leaders, and to advance the profession of special education through the science and art of teaching, learning and collaborating. Our graduates will contribute to the community by serving the needs of persons with disabilities and by broadening the general populations’ understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities.
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