Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12 Generalist), M.S.

The master’s degree in Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12 Generalist) prepares graduates to work with middle and high school students with disabilities to ensure their right to a meaningful education in a general education setting.

Significant scholarships for diverse applicants:
Baldanza Fellows Program full scholarships and stipends for future educators committed to working in Syracuse-area schools.
Project IMPRESS: full scholarships for future educators interested in working with students with disabilities who have high-intensity needs.

graduate student participates in field day activities at a local school

This program provides students with the tools to understand and assess student strengths and needs, develop instruction that incorporates multiple learning styles, understand culturally responsive and sustaining perspectives and pedagogies, and ultimately help all children succeed. 

Graduates meet the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12 generalist) and may be eligible for subject-specific certification extensions.

Suggested Application Deadline: January 15 | More admissions information

Why Inclusive Special Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in 15 months of full-time study—no teaching experience or certification needed!
  • Learn from faculty who define inclusion broadly and develop knowledge and skills to work with the full range of learners in schools, including students with disabilities, students who are not native English speakers, LGBTQ youth, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Be prepared to teach and co-teach in middle and high school settings in general education classrooms, fully including all students rather than relegating some to special classrooms or spaces.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • Have at least 4 field placements in a diverse range of settings including urban and suburban schools, in middle and high school classrooms, and other settings.
  • Join a small student cohort and a highly engaged alumni network who will become your lifelong colleagues. 
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad trips or semester-long programs around the world. School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.

An S O E student helps a high schooler with an essayOur graduates are in K-12 schools and other youth contexts including:

  • Special or general education classroom teachers
  • Teaching assistants or aides
  • Consultant Teachers
  • Teacher leaders, department chairs, and school administrators
  • Research and advocacy organizations
  • Community centers, agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Further studies including Educational Leadership, Special Education, or another area of interest.

Program Contacts

Breana Nieves Vergara, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions|315.443.2505
Breana Nieves Vergara
Julia M. White, Associate Professor|315.443.9321
Julia M. White