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.
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.