Adolescent and Adolescent Special Education, MST

Campus: Westchester


Career changers and non-education degree holders who want to become dually certified teachers of adolescent subject-specific content and students with disabilities who will also address the needs of those who are culturally and linguistically diverse. 

What You Learn 

This 39-credit program provides a focused exploration into the organization of schools, the different ways that students learn, and the adaptation of teaching methods to meet the needs of secondary students with and without disabilities in inclusive and self-contained settings. 

How You Learn 

This program provides an engaging blend of general education theory, pedagogy and practice with clinically-enhanced experiences. 

Career Outcomes 

Completion of the MST in Adolescent and Adolescent Special Education will lead to the NYS Initial certificate in adolescent education in a content area, adolescent special education generalist, and an adolescent special education content area specialist.


Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (Upon the recommendation of the director of Student Support Services, candidates whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis, provided that it is determined that the candidate has the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the program successfully.) Candidates must have majored in the subject to be taught (or have enough appropriate credits in the subject). All candidates must meet additional liberal arts and sciences course requirements mandated by New York State, including six semester hours in each of the following subject areas: mathematics, English language arts, social studies, and science.

We require the GRE-Graduate Record Examination--General Test. Performance on the GRE will not outweigh the other required criteria in your application.

Additional Certification Testing Requirements

In addition to the required New York State Certification Examinations, candidates in this program will be required to take a Content Specialty Test (CST) in Teaching Students with Disabilities and a CST Multi-subject Test (7-12).

Course Requirements
EDG 601Social Foundations1.5
EDG 602Adolescent Development1.5
EDG 605General Assessment3
EDG 606Learning Environments3
EDG 607Supporting Positive Behavior and Autonomy3
EDG 609Language, Literacy, and Global Perspectives3
EDG 610Curriculum and Methods in Inclusive Settings3
Select one of the following:3
Mathematics Instruction and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
English Language Arts Instruction and Assessment In Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
Social Studies Instruction and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
Science Instruction and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
World Languages Instruction and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classrooms
Cross-Disciplinary Instruction and Assessment in Inclusive Adolescent Classroom
Individual Program Planning
Inclusive Literacy Assessment and Instruction
Educational Research for Teaching
Seminar in Inclusive
Clinical Practice in Teaching Adolescents and Teaching Adolescent Students with Disabilities
Child Abuse and Violence Prevention
DASA- Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools, Prevention & Intervention
Total Credits21