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Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities), M.S.

The M.S. program in Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities) prepares graduates to work with students with more significant or complex needs both in and out of the classroom.

This program in the Department of Teaching & Leadership provides students with a background in special education an emphasis on working in inclusive classrooms, serving diverse student populations, and using technology (including assistive technology). This program meets the academic requirements for a New York State teacher certification annotation in Severe or Multiple Disabilities; existing initial certification in Students with Disabilities (any level).

Why Inclusive Special Education at Syracuse University?

  • Complete your degree in as little as a year 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.
  • Students are prepared to work with students at the grade level of your initial certification in classroom, home, and agency settings, preparing them for full participation in family, school, and community life.
  • 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.
  • Field placements in a diverse range of settings including urban and suburban schools, early education centers, and local agencies. Close relationships with programs like the nationally-recognized Jowonio School provide intensive field work as well as paid TA and assistant opportunities for students.
  • 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.

Our graduates are in K-12 schools and other youth contexts including:

  • Early childhood programs, childcare centers, and daycare
  • Special or general education classroom teachers
  • Teaching assistants or aide
  • Consultant Teachers
  • 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

Gail Ensher, Professor
glensher@syr.edu|315.443.9650
Gail Ensher
Michelle Mondo, Office Coordinator; Extended Campus Coordinator
mrmondo@syr.edu|315.443.2685
Michelle Mondo
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505