Syracuse University School of Education

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Be the future of education.

Advance your career, your thinking, and your world with a master’s degree from the Syracuse University School of Education. Our programs prepare graduates to be transformational teachers, administrators, service providers, and advocates. A commitment to inclusion and equity for all students is at the core of our teaching and research, and intensive field placements in diverse settings give you the tools to help all students succeed. All of these programs meet the requirements for New York State teacher certification in their content or grade-level area, and many do not require an education background or existing certification.

Scholarships are now available to cover 50% of tuition costs for students starting summer 2021 or later.

Arts Education, PreK-Grade 12

Our arts education programs produce innovative artists, engaging educators, and advocates of the arts in the communities they serve. Faculty promote community engaged scholarship and problem solving across disciplines. We offer both a preparation program for applicants with an academic background in art or design but no existing art certification, and a professional program for applicants with existing art teaching certification. (30-39 credits)

Early Childhood Special Education, Birth-Grade 2

The early childhood special education program prepares graduates to work with diverse infants, young children, and families in a variety of school, agency, and community settings. You’ll be trained in the most up-to-date thinking on early child development and special and elementary education. This program meets NYS certification requirements for both early childhood and students with disabilities for birth-grade 2; no existing certification is required. (36-54 credits)

English Education, Grades 7-12

Graduates of the English education program foster a love of writing, reading, literature, and the language arts in their students. You’ll deepen your knowledge of English content while developing skills in integration of media and technology, multi-level teaching, and standards-based assessment, all with an emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity. No existing certification is required. (30-35 credits)

Inclusive Special Education, Grades 1-6

This inclusive special education program prepares graduates to work with children and adolescents with disabilities. You’ll gain the tools to assess students and understand their needs, develop instructional strategies that incorporate multiple learning styles, understand multicultural perspectives, and ultimately help all children succeed in general education settings. Existing childhood education certification is required. (32 credits)

Inclusive Special Education, Grades 7-12 Generalist

This inclusive special education program prepares graduates to work with middle and high school students with disabilities, helping all children succeed rather than relegating some to segregated classrooms or spaces. You’ll gain the tools to assess students, understand multicultural perspectives, and develop instructional strategies that incorporate multiple learning styles. No existing certification required. (30-43 credits)

Inclusive Special Education, Severe/Multiple Disabilities

This inclusive special education program, designed for those with a background in special education, places an emphasis on working with children who have more significant or complex needs. Our students work across contexts to prepare children for full participation in family, school, and community life. Existing certification in students with disabilities (birth-2, 1-6, or 7-12) is required. (31 credits)

Literacy Education, Birth-Grade 12

The literacy education program prepares graduates to help all students develop essential literacy skills through culturally responsive curriculum and instruction. Faculty are deeply involved in literacy research and practice, and provide the latest thinking around literacy instruction through personal training, dynamic online experiences, and community-based projects. Initial certification in any teaching area is required. (30 credits)

Mathematics Education, Grades 7-12

The mathematics education program prepares graduates to foster a love of mathematics in their students through engaging curriculum design and instruction that adapts to the needs of all learners. This program provides deep exploration into mathematics theory and practice, content instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, and standards-based assessments. No existing certification is required, although applicants should have a background in mathematics. (38 credits)

Music Education, PreK-Grade 12

Syracuse University offers three music education programs that provide an environment of excellence where graduates become skilled, independent, lifelong learners and music educators.  The preparation program is designed for applicants with a NASM-accredited undergraduate degree but no existing certification. The professional M.S. program is designed for applicants with initial certification who are looking to concentrate in education. The professional M.Mus. program is designed for applicants with initial certification who are looking to concentrate in music. (33-47 credits)

Science Education, Grades 7-12

The science education program prepares graduates to rise to the challenge of helping students learn the processes, skills and body of scientific knowledge necessary to excel in the increasingly technological world. This program provides a deep exploration into scientific theory and practice, content instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, and standards-based assessments. No existing certification is required, although applicants should have a background in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics. (30-36 credits)

Social Studies Education, Grades 7-12

The social studies education program prepares civic-minded graduates to educate and enlighten society’s youngest citizen and expand the classroom to every corner of the world. You’ll receive training in five critical areas for 21st century classrooms: social studies content knowledge, inclusive and culturally relevant pedagogy, critical reflection and explanations of practice, assessment of student learning, and professional conduct. No existing certification is required, although applicants should have a background in history or another social science area. (35 credits)

Teaching English Language Learners, PreK-Grade 12

Syracuse University offers two program options in teaching English language learners. Our graduates are agents of change who transform education to fully serve the needs of English language learners. You’ll be trained in cutting edge theory and practice for helping students develop proficiency in English literacy and academic language skills. The first certification program is designed for applicants with a liberal arts background, but no initial certification. The additional certification program is designed for applicants with existing certification in any other teaching area. (30-40 credits)

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Scholarship Eligibility

Scholarships covering 50% of course tuition costs are available for the listed master’s degrees for students starting full or part time in summer 2021 or later. Continued receipt of the scholarship is contingent upon maintaining good academic standing which includes attaining and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point. Note that this scholarship is not available to full-time Syracuse University employees, spouses or partners eligible for remitted tuition benefits. Students attending the School of Education through Fort Bliss, the Syracuse Urban Fellowship, MOU agreements, Fulbright, or the Open Society Foundations are not eligible for this scholarship, and it cannot be combined with other School of Education percentage scholarships, graduate assistantships, or the City Year Scholarship.

Students without current NYS teacher certification or an undergraduate background in education may be required to take additional liberal arts courses before starting their master’s program; the 50% scholarships cannot be used on these prerequisite courses.

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