Differentiated Instruction – Special Education, MSED
Program Director: René Hauser, Ph.D.
This unique degree is designed for general or special education teachers in all developmental areas who wish to meet the needs of students in increasingly diverse classrooms.
Coursework and field experiences are designed to build skills in meeting the needs of students with very diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The Differentiated Instruction — Special Education Master’s program provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of assessment, differentiated instructional strategies, behavioral strategies, collaborative teamwork, assistive technology, and other inclusive education issues.
This program was developed in response to the increasing demand for teachers who have the skills to meet the needs of students with a wide range of exceptionalities in diverse classrooms. Exceptionalities include those students with significant learning, behavioral or communication difficulties as well as those who may be identified as gifted and/or talented.
This MSED meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for professional (permanent) teacher certification in New York, and also meets the coursework requirement for the gifted education extension and students with disabilities certification.
Students with disabilities certification may be obtained in one of three developmental areas, Birth - grade 2, grades 1-6, or 7-12 generalist. Graduate students who currently hold an existing Students with Disabilities Certification MAY obtain an additional certification in a different developmental area.
For more information about this and other Differentiated Instruction programs, please contact the Differentiated Instruction program director.
Information About Certification
The degree in Differentiated Instruction — Special Education requires candidates to have met all requirements for their first teaching certificate prior to admission; it is not a path to initial certification. However, the degree in Differentiated Instruction DOES meet the master's degree requirements for and may be used toward professional (or permanent) teacher certification in the State of New York.
This MSED meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for professional (permanent) teacher certification in New York, and also meets the coursework requirement for the gifted education extension as well as the Students with Disabilities certification in one developmental area (B-2, 1-6, or 7-12 generalist).
The admission committee reviews the following in considering candidates for this program:
- Teaching certification (or letter of eligibility)
- Transcripts from all colleges previously attended
- References (2)
- Ability to do graduate work
- Success as a teacher
- Writing sample
- Test scores: GRE, MAT or another substantially equivalent test
- Additional information, if requested by program director
Full-time students can complete the Differentiated Instruction — Special Education degree in 16 months (on campus) or 2 years (Buffalo Center). (Maximum allowable time to complete degree is six calendar years prior to the date on which the degree is to be awarded.)
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|EXTENDED PRACTICUM FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION - STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES GRADES 7-12|
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St. Bonaventure's teacher preparation programs are extensively field-based, and students should expect field-based projects on a routine basis in DIFF courses. DIFF-510 requires 15 hours of fieldwork with students with disabilities. The Office of Field Services assists students in arranging field placements for these projects.
Also, in this degree program students are expected to complete two practicum experiences. One practicum experience of 50 clock hours in differentiating instruction for students who learn at a pace and level significantly different from that of their classmates (including but not limited to students with special gifts and talents).
This practicum takes place during regular school hours, near the end of the program, and must be approved by the adviser and the Office of Field Services in advance (by mid-semester prior to the beginning of the field experience). Students who are teaching in a K-12 school setting may be eligible to complete their practicum in their own school or district. This experience is individualized, and should be discussed with the adviser during the first semester of the program so that appropriate arrangements can be coordinated
The second practicum experience is 250 clock hours in differentiating instruction for students who receive special education services. This practicum also takes place during regular school hours, near the end of the program, and must be approved by the adviser and the Office of Field Services in advance (by mid-semester prior to the beginning of the field experience). Students who are teaching in a K-12 school setting may be eligible to complete a portion of this practicum in their own school or district.
In order to successfully complete the program, a student will be evaluated on the following exit criteria:
- A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Successful completion of the internships
- Successful completion of the comprehensive exams