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Pursuant to §52.21 of the regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Daemen College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation. We are also pursuing accreditation through the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Programs offered

  • Initial/professional certification (grades 1-6) program: For individuals seeking New York State certification who do not possess a teaching certificate in special education. 
  • Professional certification (grades 1-6) program: For individuals who already possess an initial teaching certificate in special education and are seeking professional certification from New York State.

Program Benefits

  • Daemen students engage in active discourse and field experience, thereby enhancing personal and professional growth.
  • Evening, online, and hybrid courses are offered to accommodate demanding schedules.
  • Program features small class sizes to increase interaction between students and faculty members who are dedicated to teaching excellence and providing personal attention.

Daemen’s Center for Interprofessional Learning and Simulation (CILS) provides students experiential learning opportunities to promote best practice and collaboration. This leads to improved health and wellbeing outcomes for individuals, organizations, and communities!

30% Graduate Merit Scholarship

30 percent off the graduate per credit hour tuition rate awarded to accepted students of this Daemen program who have earned an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or above.

Career Outlook

  • Many opportunities are available for graduates to work in schools or agencies in both suburban and urban settings that provide services to children with disabilities.
  • Special education consultant teachers 
  • Special education resource room teachers
  • Integrated special education co-teachers

Program Specifics

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