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 by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from May 3, 2013-May 3, 2020.  

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Program Highlights

  • The Thomas Reynolds Center is an innovative and unique opportunity that allows graduate assistants to gain hands-on teaching experience, stay current in the field, and use technology within their lessons all while completing their Masters Degree in Special Education.   
  • Small classes allow for individualized attention.
  • Opportunities to work with children with disabilities in both suburban and urban settings within the Buffalo, NY community.
  • 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.

Graduate Assistantships

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. The Center is a unique and competitive program that allows graduate students the opportunity to gain paid, hands-on teaching experience while pursuing their Master's Degree.  As a graduate assistant, you will get the experience and credentials you need to set yourself apart from the competition.  

Degree Options

Additional Program Information

The Swivl robot records the audio and video of the candidate while following them 360 degrees around their classrooms.  

Learning Technology

Education students at Daemen benefit from using state-of-the-art video technology as a powerful assessment tool. Daemen has invested in a complete range of digital educational tools including Swivl robots, Smartboards, iPads, and educational apps to give our students a distinct advantage.  

Olivia Harris

Special Education, M.S.

When it came time to apply for graduate school and choose an area of study, I knew I was going to continue my education in the Special Education field.  READ MORE

Samantha Schaefer

Special Education (1-6), MS

Currently, I am a Graduate Assistant at The Thomas Reynolds Center. This is an extremely exciting opportunity considering I have my own classroom and students. READ MORE

Information Sheets
Special Ed Childhood 1-6  Thomas Reynolds Center

For more information, contact Lisa Waterrose, Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and Graduate Advisor at