By Maria R. Hayes, ’12
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University now offers a unique Master of Education degree: Differentiated Instruction - Students With Disabilities. The program is the only one of its kind in Western New York, and one of five similar programs in New York state.
Traditional MSED programs focus on working with either gifted and talented students or students with disabilities and offer only one certification. The new 33-credit St. Bonaventure degree combines both areas into one program, giving teachers two certifications (Gifted Education and Students with Disabilities) and a higher skill level to differentiate with students with disabilities and students with special gifts and talents.
The Differentiated Instruction - Students With Disabilities degree is designed for elementary and/or secondary teachers wanting to specialize in inclusion of the full range of students with exceptionalities in general education classrooms. Students with exceptionalities refers to those with special gifts and talents, and those with disabilities. SBU will continue to offer its existing MSED in Differentiated Instruction, which focuses solely on Gifted Education.
“The option to pick up both certifications through one graduate program is very unique, not just regionally, but nationally,” said Bruce Campbell, director of graduate admissions. “Students completing this program can really set themselves apart from other job applicants.”
The new degree meets local, state and professional standards for both areas of instruction. Prerequisites for the program are the same as the other MSED programs. The program is offered on the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. It may be completed in 18 months.
For more information, contact program director Dr. René Garrison at (716) 375-4078 or email@example.com.