This degree is designed for general or special education teachers in all developmental areas who wish to meet the needs of all students in increasingly diverse classrooms.
Coursework and field experience are designed to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with special gifts and talents and those with significant learning and behavior challenges.
The Differentiated Instruction Master’s program provides teachers with extended research-based knowledge in the areas of assessment, differentiated instructional strategies, behavioral strategies, collaborative teamwork, assistive technology, and other inclusive education issues.
The program is intended to help prepare teachers to meet the needs of the full range of students in today's inclusive and heterogeneous classrooms and has been designed in response to the need for teachers skilled in differentiated instruction strategies appropriate to the growing population of learners who are diverse in their learning and/or behavioral characteristics.
This MSED meets the criteria for, and may be used in partial fulfillment of, the requirements for professional (permanent) teacher certification in New York, and also meets the coursework requirement for the gifted education extension.
The degree can be completed in as little as one year on the Olean campus and 16 months at St. Bonaventure's Hilbert College Extension Center. (Please note: Students at the Hilbert Extension Center must complete a course at the main SBU campus, requiring travel to and from Olean.)
Students who do not hold a Students with Disabilities certificate should apply to the Differentiated Instruction – Students with Disabilities MSED program.
For more information about this and other Differentiated Instruction programs, please contact Dr. René Hauser, program director (see below), or take a look at our e-brochure and Fact Sheet
You may register for an internship once you have completed 18 credit hours in your master's program. The application should be filed by mid-semester of the semester prior to your internship in order to allow time for the placement to be arranged. Please make an appointment with the program director to discuss your application. The director's signature is required before the Office of Field Services will act on your application. It is important to note that you will have one semester from your starting date in which to complete your 50 clock hours. During that interval you will be observed at least two times by the university supervisor.
Please email Dr. Rene' E. Hauser with any questions about Differentiated Instruction Internships.
A Note about the Teacher Certification Entrance Requirement
The MSED in Differentiated Instruction — Gifted program requires certification for full admission. We understand that currently enrolled college students — and many who have recently graduated — will not be certified at the time of application. In these cases, St. Bonaventure offers a conditional admission that becomes finalized once certification is confirmed.
If you have not yet submitted the edTPA, apply for admission to the graduate program
anyway so you can start classes this fall. We provide edTPA support as you move to finish the portfolio. You must submit the edTPA portfolio before starting your second semester of classes.
If you are still in the process of taking some of the new certification exams, apply for admission to the graduate program
anyway so you can start classes this fall. We offer information sessions, exam prep workshops and support to help you prepare for the exams. You must register for and attempt each required test before starting your second semester of classes.