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Students with Disabilities 1-6 and 7-12 Generalist, M.S.Ed.

Program Description

The M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities will consistently emphasize theory to practice. This degree is specifically designed for individuals who currently hold, or are working towards, initial New York State certification in Students with Disabilities. The Medaille program also admits licensed, graduate-level teachers to cross-certify in Students with Disabilities. Graduates of the M.S.Ed. in Students with Disabilities will understand and be prepared to focus on the unique academic, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students receiving special education services. Simultaneously, graduates will assist diverse learners to succeed in general education settings. Collaboration with colleagues and families will be emphasized and combined with enhancing the overall knowledge and individual skills of the Students with Disabilities educator.

Program Objectives

  • To produce professionals who can effectively teach students with a wide array of exceptionalities and severity levels.
  • To teach students how to effectively modify instruction, curriculum, and materials for learners with exceptionalities while working collaboratively with other educators, professionals, parents, and the community in both inclusive and special education settings.
  • To engage students in courses that assist them in building a constructivist model of instruction through coursework, field experiences and practicum.
  • To provide practical instructional experiences with children and adolescents with disabilities. These experiences are designed to focus on the individual needs of learners.
  • To inform to students how to develop strategies for differentiated instruction for diverse learners, to modify existing curriculum and materials and to work collaboratively with parents, professionals and community partners.
  • To produce leaders of students with disabilities in multiple school settings.
  • Students holding a master’s degree in Education will have the option of completing a Post Master’s certificate in Students with Disabilities.
  • Students seeking the Post Master’s certificate option will have two certification options: 1-6 grade or 7-12 grade.

Professional Dispositions

The Department of Education at Medaille College prepares students to enter the world of teaching birth through grade twelve. We believe that a major component of professional teacher education (both in Medaille College classrooms and in P-12 schools) includes preparing students to fulfill professional habits of conduct. As part of the learning and preparation processes, students must understand and engage in professional behaviors that adhere to both policy and guiding principles required in private and public schools and community agencies. The development of values such as commitment, responsible behavior, professional communication/collaboration, confidentiality, and integrity/honesty are essential for sustained employment within the professional workforce. Prospective educators are expected to view and assume these professional dispositions as a crucial component of their academic training.

The Professional Dispositions aligned with Medaille College and the Department of Education provide a framework for these professional behaviors. Instructors and staff will demonstrate and work with our students to assure that they understand and are able to demonstrate the dispositions in every class and learning experience. When interacting with administrators, professors, teachers, peers and students (while on all Medaille campuses and during field experiences), teacher candidates must exhibit their professional commitment to becoming an excellent teacher through engagement, words and actions. A full list of expected behaviors is located in program handbooks. Students will sign an acknowledgement of these professional dispositions upon entrance to their program.

Clinical Experiences

Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of clinical experience. These foundational and intermediate clinical experiences will include meaningful engagement with students with disabilities to allow candidates to demonstrate the practices that support student learning and development in the field of education. Hours must be satisfactorily completed by the end of the semester of the corresponding course. All students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6 program who have already completed a B.S.Ed. are required to complete two practica (ESP 688-P Integrative Practicum I: 1-3 and ESP 688-J Integrative Practicum I: 4-6). All students in the M.S.Ed. Gr. 1-6 program who have not completed a B.S.Ed. program are required to complete one practica (ESP 688-P Integrative Practicum I: 1-3 or ESP 688-J Integrative Practicum I: 4-6) and one culminating clinical student teaching placement (ESP 695 Student Teaching SWD 1-6.

All students in M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist who have already completed a B.S.Ed. are required to complete two practica (ESP 689-A Integrative Practicum II:7-9 and ESP 689-S Integrative Practicum II:10-12). All students in M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist program who have not completed a B.S.Ed. are required to complete one practica (ESP 689-A Integrative Practicum II:7-9 or ESP 689-S Integrative Practicum II:10-12) and one culminating clinical student teaching placement (ESP 696 Student Teaching SWD 7-12).

Students who receive a grade of C+ or below for one practicum must enroll and satisfactorily complete the one-credit course EDU 582 Refocus for Success and repeat the practicum and earn a grade of B- or better. Students who receive a second C+ or below in a subsequent practicum are automatically dismissed from the MSED or Advanced Certification program without the possibility of re-admittance.

Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade (U) for one student teaching placement must enroll and satisfactorily complete the one-credit course EDU 582 Refocus for Success and repeat the student teaching experience. Students who receive a second unsatisfactory grade (U) in student teaching are automatically dismissed from the MSED program without the possibility of re-admittance.

Note: All education teacher candidates must be able to, with or without accommodation, complete all New York State mandated course, field experience, and student teaching requirements.

Portfolio

At the end of their program, students are required to complete and submit a comprehensive professional portfolio, which must receive a satisfactory evaluation, by a team of faculty to determine knowledge and competency in the field of Students with Disabilities.

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 39
Program: Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6 without initial certification
Certification: Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 36
Program: Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6 with initial certification
Certification: Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 39
Program: Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist without initial certification
Certification: Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 - Generalist

Degree earned: M.S.Ed.
Total number of credits: 36
Program: Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist with initial certification
Certification: Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 - Generalist

Required Courses

Students must perform to an acceptable standard in all courses. Failure to do so will result in the student taking and/or retaking the course(s) designated to improve weak areas. Furthermore, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) outlines that students must receive a grade of B- or above for all courses indicated below as meeting content core or pedagogical core requirements, otherwise, the course must be repeated.

As a requirement for graduation, all students receiving a Master of Science in Education degree must attain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6

(For students who have completed a B.S.Ed.)

EDU 630 (Field Experience)0
EDU 631 (Field Experience)0
ESP 612Ed. St. w Mild-Mod/Sev. Disab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 613Ed Stu w Sev/Mult Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 602Strategies for Working With St (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 618Assessing Child 1-6 w/ Except. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 607Prof. Family/Comm Collab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 621Students With Disabilities Grades 1-6 (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 580Methodologies In The Reading Processes (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 581Early Language Development and Literacy (Pedagogical Core)3
ECI 510Research in Education (online)3
ESP 688-JIntegrative Practicum I: 4-6 (Field Experience)3
ESP 688-PIntegrative Practicum I: 1-3 (Field Experience)3
ESP 691Portfolio for Students with Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
Total Hours36

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6

(For students who have not completed a B.S.Ed.)

EDU 630 (Field Experience)0
EDU 631 (Field Experience)0
ESP 600Foundations of Special Education (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 506Child Abuse Awareness/Save Seminar0
ESP 612Ed. St. w Mild-Mod/Sev. Disab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 613Ed Stu w Sev/Mult Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 507Dignity For All Students Act Seminar 10
ESP 602Strategies for Working With St (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 618Assessing Child 1-6 w/ Except. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 607Prof. Family/Comm Collab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 621Students With Disabilities Grades 1-6 (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 580Methodologies In The Reading Processes (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 581Early Language Development and Literacy (Pedagogical Core)3
ECI 510Research in Education (online)3
ESP 695Student Teaching SWD 1-6 (Field Experience)3
ESP 688-PIntegrative Practicum I: 1-3 (Field Experience)3
ESP 691Portfolio for Students with Disabilities (Field Experience) 23
Total Hours39
1

Must co-register with ESP 691 Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

2

Must co-register with EDU 507 Dignity For All Students Act Seminar

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist

(For students who have completed a B.S.Ed.)

EDU 632 (Field Experience)0
EDU 633 (Field Experience)0
ESP 612Ed. St. w Mild-Mod/Sev. Disab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 613Ed Stu w Sev/Mult Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 602Strategies for Working With St (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 619Assessing Adol. 7-12 w Except. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 607Prof. Family/Comm Collab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 622Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12 (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 580Methodologies In The Reading Processes (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 585Adolescent Literacy: Transacting With Literature (Pedagogical Core)3
ECI 510Research in Education (online)3
ESP 689-AIntegrative Practicum II:7-9 (Field Experience)3
ESP 689-SIntegrative Practicum II:10-12 (Field Experience)3
ESP 691Portfolio for Students with Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
Total Hours36

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities Gr. 7-12 Generalist

(For students who have not completed a B.S.Ed.)

EDU 632 (Field Experience)0
EDU 633 (Field Experience)0
ESP 600Foundations of Special Education (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 506Child Abuse Awareness/Save Seminar0
ESP 612Ed. St. w Mild-Mod/Sev. Disab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 613Ed Stu w Sev/Mult Disabilities (Pedagogical Core)3
EDU 507Dignity For All Students Act Seminar 10
ESP 602Strategies for Working With St (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 619Assessing Adol. 7-12 w Except. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 607Prof. Family/Comm Collab. (Pedagogical Core)3
ESP 622Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12 (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 580Methodologies In The Reading Processes (Pedagogical Core)3
EDL 585Adolescent Literacy: Transacting With Literature (Pedagogical Core)3
ECI 510Research in Education (online)3
ESP 689-AIntegrative Practicum II:7-9 (Field Experience)3
ESP 691Portfolio for Students with Disabilities (Field Experience) 23
ESP 696Student Teaching SWD 7-12 (Pedagogical Core)3
Total Hours39
1

Must co-register with ESP 691 Portfolio for Students with Disabilities

2

Must co-register with EDU 507 Dignity For All Students Act Seminar

New York State Teacher Certification (NYSTCE)

Students seeking certification in New York must successfully complete the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) as a prerequisite for certification.

Department of Education Graduate Dismissal Policy

A teacher candidate may be immediately suspended or dismissed from Medaille College’s Department of Education for a crime or act indicating lack of “good moral character,” such as

  • physical or sexual abuse of a student or minor;
  • sale, possession, or use of illegal drugs;
  • any crime committed either on any school property or while in the performance of teaching duties; or
  • other acts which bring into question the teacher candidate’s “good moral character.”