As a graduate student enrolled in Daemen College’s Masters in Special Education program, you will receive individualized attention from knowledgeable and dedicated faculty, have opportunities to work with children with special needs, attend classes that effectively prepare you to teach Common Core standards-based lesson plans, integrate technology, and understand the laws that protect students with IEPs.
Daemen’s Education Department is nationally accredited through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from May 3, 2013-May 3, 2020.
- Small classes allow for individualized attention.
- Opportunities to work with children with disabilities in both suburban and urban settings.
- Coursework prepares students for all aspects of their future careers by learning how to write and implement lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards, to understanding the laws that protect students with IEPs.
- Students learn from knowledgeable faculty practical ways to conduct research and how to apply research-based strategies.
- Daemen’s Education Department is nationally accredited by TEAC from May 3, 2013-May 3, 2020
The first option is for students seeking certification from New York State who do not possess a teaching certificate in special education. Students seeking an initial certification in special education would apply to the Initial/Professional Program. The student must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an acceptable liberal arts concentration and demonstrate a major area of study. In order to obtain initial certification, students must complete the requirements issued by NYSED.
The second option is for students seeking professional certification from New York State. The student must already possess an initial teaching certification in special education. A copy of his/her teaching certificate must accompany the other required documentation as part of the admissions application. Students seeking professional certification would apply to the Professional Program. In order to obtain professional certification, students must complete the requirements issued by NYSED.
Additional Program Information
In addition to satisfying the general criteria for graduate admission to Daemen College, applicants must:
- Upon acceptance possess a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale)
- Submit scores from taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- School Code for GRE scores: 2762
- Participate in a personal dispositional interview
As a graduate student enrolled in Daemen’s Masters in Special Education program, students have the opportunity to apply and interview for a graduate assistant position within the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs (The Center). The Center is a very unique and competitive program that allows graduate students the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on teaching experience while pursuing their Masters Degree. As a graduate assistant, you will get the experience and credentials you need to set yourself apart from the competition.
Full-time students working towards a graduate degree in Special Education: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), are eligible for a 50% tuition-only scholarship applied to the full tuition rate. For information, contact Lisa Waterrose, Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and Graduate Advisor at Lwaterro@daemen.edu or contact Luke Ramey in Admissions at (716)-839-8486.
Video is a powerful tool for our teacher candidate's self-assessment. The Daemen College Teacher Preparation Program has invested in technology that allows our students to record their lessons hands-free to video. The Swivl robot records the audio and video of the candidate while following them in a 360-degree pattern throughout their classrooms. The Swivl app uploads the video to a secure cloud where the students can edit their work with the Swivl video editing tool.
SwivlSwivl technology is installed in our newly created tech lab where our students learn to embed technology, including Smartboards, iPads, educational, and assessment and management apps, into their lesson plans. The complete range of digital educational tools that Daemen has invested in gives our teacher candidates a distinct advantage as they grow towards becoming the next generation of educational professionals.
Special Education, M.S.
Prior to my student teaching experiences, the Special Education aspect of my program was just a requirement to me—I didn’t feel very connected to it. All of that changed after my Special Education student teaching experience—it changed my life. So, when it came time to apply for graduate school and chose and area of study, I knew I was going to continue my education in the Special Education field. READ MORE
Special Education (1-6), MS
Currently, I am a Graduate Assistant at The Thomas Reynolds Center. This is an extremely exciting opportunity considering I will have my own classroom and students. READ MORE