Long Island M.A. in Special Education with an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities with Initial Certification

Long Island M.A. in Special Education with an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities with Initial Certification

Prepare for initial certification. Become an effective educator. Get ready.

It’s never too late to change your career path and pursue your passion to teach and inspire children in a special education classroom — even if you’re not already certified. With an M.A. in Special Education from St. Joseph’s University, you will be well-prepared for initial certification in New York State Students with Disabilities (all grades), as well as receive a New York State Annotation for Severe and Multiple Disabilities (prekindergarten through grade 12).

Through a strong research component, students are exposed to the theory and practice of several distinct areas, including assessment, inclusion of family, psychological and social characteristics, and supports for students with physical impairments. 

Prepare to be a highly effective special education teacher who serves students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities. Our program addresses the challenges of teachers in the field of special education, creates leaders, and upholds and advances the principles set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). 

Students in this 39-credit program will work with expert faculty who have a long and distinguished tradition of preparing teachers for success. With hybrid and online courses, this program provides working adults with the flexibility they need.

Get ready to recognize the dignity, freedom and inherent value of each student, as emphasized by the mission of St. Joseph’s University.

The Long Island M.A. in Special Education Experience

No Certification Necessary: This master’s program prepares students to receive their initial certification for teaching students with disabilities in all grades in New York state. 


Area Extensions: St. Joseph’s offers content specialist extensions in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, social studies, mathematics, English and Spanish.


Be in Demand: According to a 2022 report, New York state needs roughly 180,000 new teachers in the next decade in order to continue meeting workforce needs. 


Flexible Online Schedule

Our online courses are taught synchronously which allows students to interact with faculty and classmates in real time.  This format eliminates many of the barriers faced by the professionals in our program as it allows them to work from anywhere and removes the need for them to travel to campus on a regular basis.