Dr. Jeffrey Liles, Chair


The mission of the Special Education: Adolescence programs is to provide a quality educational experience that prepares candidates for distinguished careers in inclusive education and for leadership roles in schools and communities. The special education programs develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions special educators need in order to effectively teach all students, including those with exceptional learning needs.

Adolescence Options in Special Education (Grades 7-12 - Generalist)

M.S. in Special Education Dual Initial Certification

Dual certification prepares noncertified graduate candidates who are pursuing adolescence initial certification in English, Languages Other Than English (LOTE)—French or Spanish, social studies,mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics grades 7–12, and certification to teach students with disabilities at the same developmental level, and results in a Master of Science in Special Education.

Candidates who, at the time of applying, have not yet passed the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) for the subject area in which they seek certification are admitted provisionally. This provisional status enables the applicant to take courses for the first semester, during which they must take and pass the CST in order to continue in the program.

M.S. in Special Education Initial/Professional (Adolescence)

Note: As of Fall 2018, new students are no longer being admitted to this program.

This program prepares teachers who are initially certified in adolescence education and pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities, and results in a Master of Science in Special Education.

Special Education Advanced Certification Generalist 7-12

Note: As of Fall 2018, new students are no longer being admitted to this program.

The advanced certification program prepares teachers who have completed the master’s degree requirement and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 7–12.

Admission Requirements

The Admissions Committee of the special education program and the graduate program director review applicant qualifications.

In addition to the materials and credentials outlined in the general admission requirements, the following are required for all initial teacher certification programs:

  • To comply with New York State regulations, all applicants to graduate-level teacher certification (or educational leadership certification) programs must provide St. John Fisher College with official scores on the Graduate Record Examination* (GRE).
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the baccalaureate degree from an approved post-secondary institution.

*Test scores are valid on either of these two exams for five years after the testing year in which you tested. If your scores are from more than five years ago, you will need to take the test again. We want to provide you with the opportunity to submit your application for Fall 2018 and have it reviewed even if you have not yet taken the GRE. Individuals who apply for Fall 2018 matriculation but who have not submitted their GRE scores may still be provisionally accepted, but must submit evidence of having earned an acceptable score on the GRE exam by January 10, 2019. If an acceptable score is not submitted by those deadlines, you cannot continue in the program until you submit acceptable scores.

For information regarding application and admission to a graduate program in special education, please contact the Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or email grad@sjfc.edu.

For specific information regarding the Master of Science in Special Education program, please contact Dr. Jeff Liles, program director, through the School of Education office, (585) 385-5264 or email jliles@sjfc.edu.

Master of Science in Special Education: Adolescence (Grades 7-12) (M.S.)

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