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Teaching Children with Disabilities in Adolescent Education (7-12), Master of Science in Education

The Adolescent Education Master’s Degree Program at St. John’s University qualifies students for a full-time salaried teaching position in Grades 7-12.

The Adolescent Education Master’s Degree Program at St. John’s University qualifies students for a full-time salaried teaching position in Grades 7-12. The program prepares teachers to develop a strong command of content and pedagogical knowledge, multicultural perspectives, and instructional skills appropriate in addressing the social, cultural and educational needs of their students. The courses are designed to foster the development of skills, attitudes, and abilities needed to identify and remediate learning and behavior disorders of students. Individuals are provided with a range of teaching and learning experiences with an emphasis on relevant pedagogical methods and a broad knowledge of strategies for devising, implementing, and assessing learning experiences for exceptional learners.

The completion of the program qualifies students for New York State initial or professional certification as a teacher of students with disabilities provided students have successfully completed all New York State mandated external tests, training modules, workshops, and teaching experiences. Students are required to complete 48 credits in total.

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Please view the School of Education Graduate Admission Application Requirements for detailed admission information. For Master’s Program in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Undergraduate scholastic achievement must be such as to give reasonable assurance of success in work for an advanced degree. Normally, this would be at least a “B,” both in the general average and in the major field.
  • The Career Change Master’s program requires students to have an undergraduate course distribution in a secondary content area (e.g., history, mathematics, chemistry, biology, English) for Adolescent certification. Your undergraduate transcript will be assessed by the School and a deficiency evaluation will be made available in the first semester. An individual deficiency evaluation will be completed following registration to list the credits that you will need to complete before being endorsed for certification.

Financial assistance may be available to those that qualify.



  • EDU 3215: Research & Practice of Teaching Writing/English Language Arts in General & Inclusive Education, 5-12
  • EDU 7000: Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EDU 7106: Understanding the Socio-emotional, Cultural and Cognitive Aspect of Middle School/Adolescent Learners in General and Inclusive Settings
  • EDU 7267: Technology for Literacy Based Applications in Content Area Learning in Regular and Special Education Settings
  • EDU 7290: Human Relations in Multicultural and Inclusive Settings OR EDU 7297:    Introduction to Research Methods
  • EDU 7295: Teaching and Learning: Adolescent   (20 Hrs. field work)
  • CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:  ( Course must match your subject area concentration)
    • EDU 7291: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Social Studies   (20 Hrs. field work)
    • EDU 7292: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Science  (20 Hrs. field work)
    • EDU 7293: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Math   (20 Hrs. field work)
    • EDU 7294: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: Foreign Language   (20 Hrs. field work)
    • EDU 7296: Innovative Strategies in Secondary Education: English (ELA)  (20 Hrs. field work)
  • EDU 7117: Adolescent Education Associate Teaching (Student Teaching)
    Must be taken in your second to last semester. New York State Required Examinations must be passed prior to enrollment in Student Teaching: EAS, CST-Multi Subject.  edTPA is done during this semester. **ADVISOR CONSULTATION REQUIRED**
  • EDU 9704:  Research in Collaborative Partnerships and Strategic Instruction for General, Special and Inclusive Educational Settings: Adolescent (10Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9706:   Curriculum Adaptation and Modification Planning for Exceptional Students: Adolescent (15 Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9711:    Education and Accommodating Needs for Individuals with Exceptionalities, K-12 (15 Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9719: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports, K-12 (15 Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9726:    Curriculum and Instruction Design for Individuals with Exceptionalities:    Math, Science, and Social Studies- Adolescent (15 Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9742:    Formal and Informal Educational Assessment of Individuals with Exceptionalities- Adolescent (prerequisite: EDU 9711) (20 Hrs. Fieldwork)
  • EDU 9744:    Curriculum and Instructional design for teaching Literacy to Individuals with Exceptionalities- Adolescent (10 Hrs. Field work)
  • EDU 9705: Practicum in Special Education-(150 Hrs.) – Adolescent
    Must be taken in your final Semester. Must have completed all Special Education Coursework and CST- Students with Disabilities

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Careen and Education Opportunities


Career Options

  • Special Education Teacher, Gr 7-12
  • General Education Teacher, Gr 7-12
  • Inclusive Education Teacher, Gr 7-12
  • Resource Room Teacher
  • Coordinator
  • Advocate
  • Consultant
  • Professional Development
  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher

Our school’s mission of “Preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators as transformational leaders who honor the dignity of all people” guides our programs and informs our practice each day. This can be seen in the multiple opportunities we offer for engagement in professional activities, academic service learning, and global education consistent with the University’s Catholic and Vincentian mission.

In addition to many online learning opportunities that allow for current and effective use of online resources for research and practice in special education, and preparation for careers in an increasingly global and digital world, our students complete 150 hours of supervised special education practicum in various settings including self-contained, inclusive, and mainstreamed classrooms. Students are exposed to instructors, current researchers, and leaders in the field of special education who have many years of experience and expertise working directly with children in diverse, multicultural, and high-needs urban and suburban school settings. Our students engage in several professional and networking events throughout their program, developing competencies to effectively communicate and interact with stakeholders in collaborative and inclusive ways. 

Our graduates are successful and highly proficient teachers trained to meet the highest professional standards in special education set by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). We are excited to welcome you to join this cadre of effective teachers and global citizens effecting change in the lives of children and youth through education and service.

Program Contact

Ishita Khemka

Associate Professor

Sullivan Hall Queens Room 412


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This program prepares students for licensure/certification in New York State. Students who plan to work in a state other than NY, must visit our Professional Licensure Disclosure Information page where we have indicated if this program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for specific states.

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