Special Education

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work is passionate about supporting individuals and families in need through social work and education. Our Dual Certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2) and Dual Certification in Teaching Students With Disabilities (Grades 1 - 6) are designed to help you educate children who need specialized support at a young age. Your courses will provide a thorough mastery of pedagogical practice, one-on-one supervised student teaching experiences, as well a deep understanding of inclusive classroom practices and working collaboratively with families.

Both programs are open to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree but are not yet certified to teach children with disabilities. Through the completion of either program, you will be eligible for your initial teaching certification in New York State in both general and special education. The programs will provide extensive support for your certification exams and prepare you to assist children with special needs in reaching their fullest potential. By earning your MA at Wurzweiler, you’ll learn to think critically as a future educator and learn to design curricula that meets the needs of all children. The programs are offered full-time but accomodations can be made for students who wish to attend part-time.

The Wurzweiler Difference:

  • Feel supported in small and nurturing learning environments
  • Earn your dual-certification in general and special education
  • Gain hands-on field experience with children who have disabilities
  • Learn to adapt learning environments to meet children’s diverse needs
  • Finish the program in one year if you already have a certification in general education