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As a graduate student in our Masters in Special Education program, you will have opportunities to work with children with special needs, attend classes that effectively prepare you to teach Common Core standards-based lesson plans, integrate technology, and understand the laws that protect students with IEPs. We offer two pathways to your degree:

Initial/Professional Program- This program is for students seeking certification from New York State who do not possess a teaching certificate in special education. The program can be completed in as little as four semesters including a summer session.

Professional Program- This program is for students seeking professional certification from New York State and already possess an initial teaching certification in special education. The program can be completed in as little as three semesters including a summer session.

Program Highlights

  • Evening, online, and hybrid courses are offered to accommodate busy schedules.
  • Opportunities to work with children with disabilities in both suburban and urban settings within the Buffalo, NY community.
  • Small classes allow for individualized attention from knowledgeable and dedicated faculty.
  • Students learn practical ways to conduct research and how to apply research-based strategies.
  • Daemen College is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).  Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Daemen College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.
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students using Swivl robot in classroom

The Swivl robot records the audio and video of the candidate while following them 360 degrees around their classrooms.  

Learning Technology

Education students at Daemen benefit from using video technology as a powerful assessment tool. Daemen has invested in a complete range of digital educational tools including Swivl robots, Smartboards, iPads, and educational apps to give our students a distinct advantage.  

Olivia Harris

Special Education, M.S.

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When it came time to apply for graduate school and choose an area of study, I knew I was going to continue my education in the Special Education field.  READ MORE

Samantha Schaefer

Special Education (1-6), MS

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Currently, I am a Graduate Assistant at The Thomas Reynolds Center. This is an extremely exciting opportunity considering I have my own classroom and students. READ MORE

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Brown, Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and Graduate Advisor at