Special Education

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Applicants to Binghamton University's inservice programs in Special Education must hold or meet the requirements for initial New York state certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth to Grade 2), Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and/or Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12 in one of the content areas: English, mathematics, science social studies or foreign languages). Visit the New York State Department of Education website for information about current NYS teacher certification requirements.

If you do not hold one  or more of the initial certificates required for the MSEd Special Education programs, you may be eligible for the Educational Studies program, the pre-service Master of Arts in Teaching Program or the preservice Childhood, Early Childhood and Special Education (Birth - grade 6) program.

Successful completion of Binghamton's MSEd degree in Special Education and the NYS examination in Students with Disabilities leads to the initial/professional certificate in Students with Disabilities for the same age group as the initial certificate. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all required courses, earn a cumulative average of B or better to graduate and complete all degree requirements within five years of admission to the program. 

Master of Science in Education (MSEd) - Special Education

This program provides teachers with initial certification the knowledge and skills to fulfill various special educator roles in today's schools and communities. Sufficient flexibility exists for graduates of early childhood, childhood, adolescence or special education undergraduate programs to deepen their skills in the field, link special education programs and services to the broader context of general education, and extend their knowledge and skills to work more effectively with students with disabilities.

Four program options are available, corresponding with the age/grade level of the applicant's initial certificate:

**Applicants to the Adolescence Special Education in-service program must also meet the New York state requirement of having six credits in each area of English, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences. This program leads to “Students with Disabilities – Generalist” certification. Graduates of this program may also apply to NYS for the “Students with Disabilities” Content Area Extension in the area of their initial certification.

For more information about our programs see "Important Additional Information".
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Fieldwork Leading to Student Teaching

NYS regulations require fieldwork that is directly linked to special education coursework prior to the student teaching practicum. To fulfill the spirit of the fieldwork requirement during each semester of enrollment students will be placed in a classroom setting that serves students with disabilities within the appropriate age group for the certification. All full-time students must commit to a minimum of one full day per week of fieldwork and part-time students must commit to a minimum of a half day day per week for the entire semester.

Student Teaching and the Practicum

Academic Standards and Professional Dispositions

Regarding New York State Teacher Certification

1. Certification-Only
If you already hold a master's degree and only seek certification in Students with Disabilities, you may register for courses as a non-matriculated student and apply for certification through the New York State Education Department. Students are responsible for seeking and obtaining certification on their own.

2. Seeking Additional New York Certifications (other than your GSE degree program) - an Overview for In-service Students (already possess a New York state teaching license)
The NYSED website has the most up to date information and is the last word on certification policy and procedures.
Students seeking additional licensure (in addition to license(s) associated with their GSE degree program) need to:
1. Log into TEACH Online Services and access their account
2. Follow directions: Read all of the print on every page, and answer all questions.
3. Be sure their personal profile is updated
4. Be sure that NYSED has received any new credentials (transcripts, etc.) for courses taken and associated with additional licenses sought. Send to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives, Room 5N EB
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

5. Be sure to choose the "Additional Classroom Teaching Certificate (must hold valid certificate)" pathway
6. Choose "I want my application to be reviewed by the state education department" to review your transcript and credentials (as our local area no longer has a BOCES regional certification office that performs individual transcript reviews).
7. Pay for the license.
NYSED will review your credentials and issue a report. In general you will need to have the proper content, pedagogical courses and pass the Content Specialty Test (CST) to be issued the additional license sought. There may also be other requirements (as of January 2014, DASA training is required for all licenses). The review "stays open" for a period of three years or two evaluations, whichever comes first (meaning you must meet the requirements within that timeframe).
For Early Childhood and Childhood MSED Special Education students only: GSE MSEd Special Education students are matriculated into programs for which they are eligible. By adding an additional license it may be possible to switch into a different GSE program to better reflect the base licenses. In the case of the MSEd Childhood Special Education program, students who are matriculated into the grades 1-6 program may request to be switched in the B-grade 6 program once the additional B-grade 2 license is acquired. Likewise, a matriculated B-2 student may request a switch to the B-6 program once the additional childhood grades 1-6 license is obtained.

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Faculty in the MSEd Special Education Program

Name Advisement Area Research Interests

Elizabeth Anderson Early Childhood, Childhood, CEC Social and emotional learning across content curriculum; integrating authentic learning experiences with current standards and accountability practices

Nicole Fenty 

Early Childhood, Childhood, CEC - SPED Program Coordinator Literacy instruction for students with or at risk for learning disabilities
Loretta (Lucky)
Adolescence Special Education Teacher Quality; Large Scale Database Analysis

Candace Mulcahy


Academic interventions for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and learning disabilities; special education and juvenile delinquency

Beverly Rainforth 

Emerita (no advising) Inclusive education; teacher preparation; education of students with severe disabilities

Michael Rozalski

Childhood, CEC Classroom and behavior management; alternatives to aversive procedures; legal issues related to students with disabilities

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Last Updated: 11/17/16