Special Education

Degrees Granted
Advanced Certificate, MS
Degree Level
Graduate
Locations
Garden City, NY, Manhattan, NY, Online

Become an advocate for children with unique needs, enhancing the quality of life for your students and their families.

Why Earn an MS in Special Education?

Prepare for a career helping children with a diverse range of abilities reach their fullest potential. You’ll train to work in inclusive settings and regular classrooms that encourage children to become as independent as possible and successfully promote their inclusion into a broad spectrum of activities. As a special education advocate, your career will be dedicated to upholding the dignity of every child and creating a climate in which all children and families are valued and respected.

Why Earn Your MS in Special Education at Adelphi?

  • Benefit from a flexible, personalized experience with low student-teacher ratios made up of a mix of face-to-face and online learning, with weekend courses across the Garden City and Manhattan locations.
  • Gain hands-on experience through field placements in public and private schools in a range of diverse communities specializing in the unique needs of children with disabilities.
  • Learn from experienced professors who are committed to improving education for all students in inclusive, diverse and special needs settings.

94%*

* Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018
of our graduate students are working or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018

Let the staff and professors at Adelphi help prepare and guide you to the place you’ve always wanted to be. Be open to new possibilities and you will find yourself setting goals far greater than you initially set out to achieve. Join us. The world needs more of Adelphi’s teachers.

Ashley Gioffre BA '13 current MS in Special Education student

Program Offerings

Choose from our variety of programs based on the age group you are looking to serve.

Early Childhood Special Education Programs (Birth-Grade 2)

Childhood (Elementary) Special Education Programs

Adolescent (High School) Special Education Programs

Bilingual Childhood (Elementary) Special Education Programs

Advanced Certificates

Daryl Gordon, PhD works with Adelphi students alongside a service dog.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

Our program is grounded in courses using field-based methods, which provide our students with critical hands-on teaching experience. These courses offer you the opportunity to practice in the classroom before entering the more formal student teaching practicum. In addition to the experience they receive on campus at the Alice Brown Early Learning Center, our students will have the opportunity to intern at one of a variety of places, including:

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants for these programs must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and should submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • GRE scores (for select programs)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay (500 words)
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Master’s degree proof, with a minimum 3.0 GPA, for advanced certificates
COVID-19 GRE Information: We are currently offering conditional admission to qualified applicants who cannot take the GRE before the deadline due to postponed testing in their region. Students who are conditionally admitted to the University must submit the official score report prior to their semester start date. ETS has moved the GRE exam to be accessed and taken remotely for prospective test-takers in select areas. We encourage you to review ETS.org for the most up to date information.

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