Advanced Studies in Special Education Certificate (Online)

The College of Education offers a 24 credit-hour program leading to a certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in special education. The CAS may qualify students for 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 accredited institution and have completed an M.S. in education from an accredited institution.


The admissions criteria for the CAS are that candidates must:

  • Hold a current, valid teaching certificate in either elementary or secondary education.
  • Hold a master’s degree in education.
  • Demonstrate a 3.0 QPA in the master’s degree.
  • Meet prerequisite course requirements: two foundational courses — one in special education (e.g., EDU 539 Char of Students With Exceptionalities) and one in working/teaching diverse learners (e.g., EDU 528 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion). The prerequisite courses may be taken at other universities (an official graduate transcript will be needed).
  • Meet content requirements for 7-12 generalist.
Required Courses
EDU 572Reading Difficulties: Identification and3
EDU 565Assessment of Students with3
EDU 745Behavioral Analysis/Ex Ed3
EDU 746Individuals with Moderate/Severe (field work requirement)3
EDU 747Consultation and Collaboration3
EDU 768Meth of Teaching Students With Disabilit3
or EDU 770 Methods of Teaching Adolescents With
EDU 794Seminar in Special Education3
DDP 795Agency Practicum3
Total Credits24