St. Bonaventure University


The master's degree in inclusive special education is a hybrid program designed to help teachers meet the ever-changing demands of diverse classrooms and may be completed by teachers with certification in nearly any area or grade level.

Teachers will learn to differentiate instruction and assessment to meet the needs of students with the full range of exceptionalities, including students with disabilities, English language learners, students who have experienced trauma and students who may be gifted.

The program has three different certification tracks. (Click on each track for more information.)
These programs meet the master’s degree requirement for professional certification in New York state.

Timeline and Course Overview Program

This program is offered in a hybrid format with the majority of instruction delivered online. There are only three face-to-face sessions each semester. These sessions are held on Saturdays to allow for working professionals to attend. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face sessions for the fall 2020 semester are canceled; only the online instruction will be held.)

Inclusive SPED completion timeline

Learn to give individualized instruction in diverse and inclusive settings

Building on the Franciscan philosophy of social justice, we strive to create inclusive communities that value diversity as a strength. This program prepares and mentors professionals who are able to individualize instruction in inclusive and collaborative environments.

Using critical pedagogy to meet the needs of diverse and marginalized populations, including students with disabilities, students for whom English is an additional language, and students experiencing trauma or living in poverty, teachers will become leaders and agents of change.

This program is founded in the School of Education conceptual framework of competence, experience, and social justice. This program is aligned with the CEC standards for professional special educators and students practice these competencies in hands-on, field-based experiences.

Students integrate social justice into their practice through respect for diversity, dignity and worth and creating learning experiences that are mindful of a full range of diversity.

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