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

SUITR Program deadline extended – Apply by March 1 for 60-75% tuition reduction, faculty and professional mentoring, a summer institute, and intensive field experiences.

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

graduate student participates in field day activities at a local schoolThis program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership provides students with the tools to assess student and understand needs, develop instruction that incorporates multiple learning styles, understand multicultural perspectives, and ultimately help all children succeed. This program meets the academic requirements for initial and professional New York State teacher certification in Students with Disabilities (grades 7-12 generalist). Students may also be eligible for subject-specific certification extensions.

Why Inclusive Special Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in 15 months of full-time study, or complete your degree part time – many classes are in the afternoon, evening, or summer to accommodate working teachers.
  • We define inclusion broadly, developing teachers ready to work with the full range of learners in schools, including students with disabilities, students who are not native English speakers, LGBTQ youth, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • No existing teacher certification or background is required!
  • Apply for the Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residency, an intensive program exclusively for the 7-12 generalist program that provides a generous stipend, feedback and mentoring, and additional employment opportunities with the Syracuse City School District after graduation.
  • Students are 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.
  • 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.
  • Small student cohorts and a highly engaged alumni network mean you get to know your teachers and peers who will become your lifelong colleagues.
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs around the world. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, 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 aide
  • 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

Christine Ashby, Associate Professor; Inclusive Master's Program Coordinator
ceashby@syr.edu|315.443.8689
Christine Ashby
Jeanne Schmidt, Administrative Assistant
jmschmid@syr.edu|315.443.1468
Jeanne Schmidt
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505