Master of Science in Childhood Special Education (Initial Certification) *NY State Residents Only - Alliance University


The Graduate Division of the School of Education is committed to prepare candidates with practiced, research-based methodology that is character based, integrating the historical evangelical Christian tradition of the college, so they are ready to enter the inclusive classroom. To fulfill these values, the unit is committed to the preparation of professional educators who are capable of working effectively with diverse populations in a constantly changing global community.

Coursework Prerequisites:

1. Proof of sufficient Liberal Arts/Sciences background through one of the following options:

  • BA/BS in English, Foreign Language, History, Mathematics, Social Studies, or one of the sciences
  • 30 credit hours at a grade of C or better in one of the above listed fields
  • 30 credit hours at a grade of C or better in the liberal arts and sciences, which must include coursework as follows:
  1. 9 credits in Artistic Expression, Humanities, Communication, Written Expression, Information Retrieval
  2. 6 credits or more of Historical & Social Science Concepts
  3. 6 credits or more of Scientific Processes
  4. 6 credits or more of Mathematical Processes

2. 6 credits of a language other than English (or the college level equivalent)

3. An introductory course in Psychology

4. Evidence of computer literacy

At a Glance

Award: Master of Science
Certification: Initial
Credits: 42
School Accreditation: CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)

Career Path: This program is for persons preparing to become teachers for the first time and who are seeking initial NYS certification to teach special education grades 1-6.Start Semester: Fall or Spring
Campus Location:  Online

Application Deadlines: 

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1

Suggested Program Plan

EDG 532 Exceptional Child-3
EDG 732 Field for Exceptional-0
EDG 530 Inclusive Educ-3
EDG 730 Field for Inclusive Ed-0
EDG 512 Character Education-3

EDG 533 High Incidence Disabilities-3
EDG 733 Field High Incidence-0
EDG 534 Autism/Low Incidence-3
EDG 734 Field Autism-0
EDG 500 Educational Research-3
EDG 547 Health Issues-1

EDG 545 Literacy-3
EDG 745 Field Literacy-0
EDG 652 Teaching ELL’s-3

EDG 536 Behavior Management-3
EDG 736 Field Behavior Management-0
EDG 654 Assessment Eval IEP-3
EDG 619 Practicum-3
EDG 675 Comprehensive Exam-0

EDG 590 Professional Seminar-2
EDG 592 Internship lower-3
EDG 593 Internship upper-3

Admissions Contact:

Shelda Francois
MSEd Admissions Counselor
Nyack College
2 Washington Street
New York, NY, 10004
Cell: (929) 332 4352