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Special Education: Childhood Program, M.S.Ed

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program prepares teachers for delivery of educational services in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, self-contained classrooms, special schools, residential facilities, or consultant teachers in general education settings to help infuse special education practices into the general education class. The program focus is on the education of students who have a variety of regular and special instructional needs.

The coursework is designed to prepare teachers with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate modifications to the curriculum for students with mild/moderate disabilities in general and special education settings. The goal of this program is to prepare special educators, working closely with general educators, to provide the best teaching strategies to promote student learning, as well as to design positive environments that foster learning for students both with and without disabilities.

All applicants for Professional Certification in New York State must show evidence of completing the required seminar in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training).

About the Exceptional Education Department

204 Ketchum Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-3038
Fax: (716) 878-5410
http://exceptionaleducation.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Preliminary Courses (0-18 credit hours)
Required for students without provisional/initial certification in special education
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
EXE 501 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
EXE 502 CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT 3
EXE 503 INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD DISABILITIES 3
EXE 504 GRADUATE PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 6

Required Courses (24-27 credit hours)
EXE 520 TEACHING OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE/MULTIPLE DISABILITIES AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS 3
or EXE 620 ADVANCED TEACHING OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE/MULTIPLE DISABILITIES AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
EXE 628 COLLABORATION AND CONSULTATIVE PRACTICES IN INCLUSIVE SETTINGS 3
EXE 631 ADAPTING LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES 3
EXE 632 DIRECT INSTRUCTION INTERVENTION MODELS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
EXE 633 ADAPTING CONTENT AREA INSTRUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH DISABILITIES 3
EXE 634 APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS 3
EXE 636 PROMOTING EFFECTIVE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS 3
EXE 682 INSTRUCTIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 1 3-9
EXE 684 GRADUATE SEMINAR IN EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION 3

Elective Courses (0-3 credit hours) 2 2
Select up to one from the following: 3
EXE 530 PARENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
EXE 534 UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN THE CLASSROOM
EXE 544 MODELS OF CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
EXE 627 TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT COMMUNITY LIFE
EXE 644 ADVANCED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS FOR CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
EXE 650 ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
EXE 652 INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION

Master's Project or Master's Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
EXE 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3-6
or EXE 695 MASTER'S THESIS

Total Credit Hours 30-54
1 EXE 682 is for students in the Childhood Program who do not complete EXE 504.
2 Selected under advisement.

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