Dr. Lucia Guarino, Chair

The graduate-level special education program in severe or multiple disabilities at Fisher prepares teachers for distinguished careers in special education and is designed for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of special education laws and best practices, with a focus on students with severe and multiple disabilities. This program provides a foundation for a career as a special education administrator.

The 30 credit-hour (10 classes) master's program features integrated coursework and practicum and is completed in one calendar year.

The program is offered in online format with synchronous component in a supportive learning environment.

Completion of the 30-credit program leads to a Master’s degree in Special Education, a certificate of advanced study (C.A.S.) in Special Education Leadership, and an annotation in Severe or Multiple Disabilities. The program can be used for NYS professional certification requirements.

Admission Requirements

The graduate-level special education programs operate on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are reviewed as they are received and admissions decisions are made within four weeks of receipt of a completed application.

General Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation which can be submitted online. Please refer to the online application for instructions.
  • Current résumé and personal goals statement
  • Results of the TOEFL (if native language is not English)
  • Graduate Transfer Credit Request Form [pdf]  and supporting  documents (if applicable)

Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • A copy of New York state teaching certification OR proof of pending certification in special education, students with disabilities, blind and visually impaired or deaf and hard of hearing is required.





Master of Science in Special Education: Severe or Multiple Disabilities

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