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M.S. in Special Education
  • Semesters to completion: 3
  • Fieldwork hours: 150
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M.S. in Special Education: Severe or Multiple Disabilities

The graduate-level special education program at Fisher prepares teachers for distinguished careers in special education. Online courses provide a deeper understanding of special education laws and best practices, with a focus on students with severe or multiple disabilities.

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Applicants to the program must hold initial teacher certification in childhood and students with disabilities or adolescence and students with disabilities. The program includes a four-course module to build teacher-leader skills in special education.

Program Overview

The 30 credit hour (10 classes) master's program features integrated coursework and a practicum that leads to a Master of Science in Special Education, a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Special Educational Leadership, and an annotation in Severe or Multiple Disabilities. Materials within classes are tailored to fit the specific grade levels (childhood or adolescence) you will teach. The program is offered in an online format and can be completed in one calendar year.

Life After Fisher

The M.S. in Special Education prepares you to advance as a special education teacher and leader.

 I loved each field placement and it was in these field experiences that I gathered many of the resources I use in my own classroom today. ”


Kimberly Brown
  • Kimberly Brown '16
  • ELA Teacher, Rochester City School District

 My Fisher experience was a whirlwind: exciting, frightening, inspiring, and all undertaken while working and with young children. I wouldn't change one bit of the experience or where it has led me. ”


Mark Denecke
  • Mark Denecke '09
  • Fifth Grade Teacher, East Rochester Elementary School

 My favorite thing about the program was moving through my classes with my cohort. The structure of the program allowed us to really become close and support one another, and our diversity added so much to my learning and professional connections. ”


Abigail Jones
  • Abigail Jones '14
  • Special Education Teacher, Indian Landing Elementary School

 Teaching has always been a dream of mine, and thanks to the wonderful professors in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, I get to have that dream come true every day. ”


Kerri Kephart
  • Kerri Kephart '16
  • 6th Grade Science Teacher, Greece Athena Middle School