The Graduate Division of Education offers a program leading to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Special Education. The CAS may qualify candidates for special education certification in grades 1-6 or 7-12 provided all other New York State certification requirements are met.
The CAS in Special Education is open to students who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accrediting institution and have completed a M.S. in Education from an accrediting institution.
Students who seek the CAS in Special Education must complete the application process. One of the requirements is to have maintained an overall GPA/QPA of 3.0 during master’s work.
The CAS in Special Education Program
The program consists of 24 hours of coursework. Fieldwork in various formats is also a requirement.
The program will accept six graduate credit hours that may be transferred in and are required pre-requisites. The six graduate prerequisite credit hours or their equivalents are:
- EDU 528 Multiculturalism in Education
- EDU 539 Characteristics of Students with Exceptional Needs
If you do not have these two required pre-requisite courses you will be required to take them in addition to the 24 hours of coursework. All courses are required. No substitution is allowed without the written consent of each candidate’s education advisor.