Master of Science in Special Education: Childhood Education (1-6) Professional Certification

30-33 credit hours in required course work as follows:

SED  600  Research Methods in Education (3)
SED  602  Special Education Laws and Trends (3)
SED  603  Standards Ba Assessment and Instruction for Students with Disabilities (3)
SED  606  Instructional Methods and Strategies for Students with Disabilities (3)
SED  610  Seminar in Education/Action Research (3)
SED  612  Quality Inclusion/Collaboration Methods (3)
SED  615  Issues, Trends and Research in Special Education (3)
SED  635  Reading Diagnosis and Instruction (3)
SED  639  The Writing Process with Students with Disabilities (3)
SED  642  Curriculum Modifications in the Content Areas of Math, Science, Technology, and Social Studies (3)
Comprehensive Exam (NC)
SED  699  Research Project in Special Education (3)


In addition to satisfying the general criteria for graduate admission to Daemen College, applicants must:

  1. Possess a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or above (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. Submit a letter of application stating the candidate’s reasons for seeking a Master’s degree in Education, and experience relevant to the field of study/degree program.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably including one professional reference and one character reference.
  4. Applicants to professional programs should also provide proof of graduation from an initial certification program in Education, and provide proof of initial certificate or certificate of qualification licensure from the New York State Education Department or similar documentation from other states awarding the license.
  5. Include a copy of a current resume.

Applicants with GPAs below 3.00 may be admitted on a conditional basis if they submit evidence of the potential to be successful in graduate studies. Additional evidence may require letters of recommendation and a personal interview with graduate program faculty.

Candidates who are admitted conditionally are required to take and pass the New York State Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) within their first semester. In addition, candidates admitted conditionally who do not earn a satisfactory (3.0) average in their first nine credit hours of study will be subject to dismissal from the graduate program.

Graduation Requirements

Degree candidates for the Master of Science in Education must complete all courses in their Plan of Study and other degree requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Plan of Study

At the end of the first year of study, each candidate is required to meet with his/her advisor to develop a Plan of Study to achieve his/her educational goals.

Those graduate candidates seeking initial/professional or permanent certification from the State of New York must design a plan of study that includes the following course work:

  • Core requirements
  • Selection of specialization area if required
  • Practicum in Education
  • Comprehensive Exam or Research Project

Time Limitations

All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within a period of five years from the student's enrollment for graduate study. For information on leaves of absence and extensions, consult the Academic Regulations and Standards section of this Bulletin. (NOTE: Applying for a leave or an extension from Daemen College does not preclude candidates from applying to the New York State Education Department for an extension of their initial certification. The New York State Education Department stipulates that from the date of their initial certification, individuals have five years to complete their professional certification, which includes the completion of a Master's degree.)

Degree Requirements

Candidates will complete 30-45 credit hours of graduate course work, including core courses and required specialization courses, if any. The program may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.

In addition, 100 hours of field experience are required prior to student teaching. Candidates in all programs will have two student teaching placements.

Initial/Professional Graduate Programs

These programs are for individuals seeking certification from the State of New York who do not possess a teaching credential. The candidate 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. Once the master's program has been completed, the New York State initial/professional certification will be coordinated by Daemen College. Additional New York State Education Department requirements for initial certification include passing the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W), and Content Specialty Tests (CST) (Students with Disabilities; Multi-Subject) ; complete fingerprinting process, Project SAVE, and Child Abuse Seminar.

Professional Graduate Programs

These programs are for individuals seeking Professional certification from the state of New York. The individual must already possess a teaching certificate in a content or specialization area in order to obtain Professional certification in the same content or specialization area. The candidate must provide the college with a copy of his/her teaching certificate along with the other required documentation as part of the admission application. Candidates for certification must also complete the appropriate CST and if required, the ATS-P.

Comprehensive Exam

Beginning Fall 2008, candidates admitted to the graduate programs will be required to take a comprehensive exam at the end of their program of study or complete a Research Project in Education only with faculty advisement. Comprehensive examination questions will be based on core courses taken by candidates in each of the graduate programs.

Research Project [Only with faculty advisement.]

Graduate research is carried out during the course AE/CE/ECSE/SED 699 Research Project. This is not a required course. Certain teacher candidates based on personal career goals and with faculty advisement, will complete a thesis in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. The thesis is prepared under the direction of the major department and should demonstrate capacity for independent research, facility, organization and expression and originality in thought. The thesis must receive the approval of the Department Graduate Committee and must comply with Human Subjects Research Review Committee guidelines, if applicable.

A candidate for the oral presentation and defense of thesis must:

  1. be an admitted degree student;
  2. be finished with all major area course requirements by the end of the semester in which Research Project course is taken;
  3. be able to provide the examining committee with copies of the completed thesis a minimum of two weeks prior to the oral presentation;
  4. have a graduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Early in the graduate program, candidates who wish to pursue the completion of a thesis, and after consulting with the faculty advisor, should begin to formulate a plan for their research project. After familiarizing him/herself with the research interests of the faculty, the candidate, with guidance from his/ her advisor, will choose a two-person research committee consisting of:

  1. a primary member who must be a full-time or part-time faculty member with research experience or expertise in the area of study;
  2. a secondary member who may be either a full- or part-time faculty member or an adjunct graduate faculty member.

The candidate will design and execute a research project with guidance from his or her committee. The detailed process for completion of research is laid out in the course syllabus. The candidate will prepare a research manuscript in a format suitable for submission for publication. The candidate will also present his/her research orally within the College or professional community. Such presentation requires the presence of at least one member of the research committee.

Any proposed investigation involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by Daemen College's Human Subjects Research Review Committee.

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