Special Education: Childhood Program (XCE)
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Admission is competitive; not all qualified applicants are admitted.
- Certification or eligible for certification in early childhood special education, childhood special education, or generalist (7-12) special education. Applicants with certification or eligible for certification in early childhood education, childhood education, or secondary education must meet additional special education certification requirements once enrolled. For generalist (7-12) secondary program only, applicants without any teaching certifications will be considered. Applicants for the generalist (7-12) secondary program must meet additional special education certification requirements as well as New York State content core and subject area requirements once enrolled.
- A written statement describing the applicant’s philosophy of education and relevant experiences in the field that are applicable to the graduate course of study. This statement must adhere to standard written English.
- Faculty review.
- Completion of a special application (included in the online application).
- The ability to speak English and Spanish, and complete an oral interview (for Special Education: Bilingual Certificate Program applicants only).
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Successful completion of the undergraduate program in exceptional education at Buffalo State is not a guarantee of admission to a graduate program. A point system based on the above criteria is used to evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest point totals are admitted to the program each admission period. Only students admitted to the major (as majors or premajors) may take courses other than EXE 500.
|Preliminary Courses (0-18 credit hours)
|Required for students without provisional/initial certification in childhood special education
|INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
|EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION
|INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MILD DISABILITIES
|GRADUATE PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
|Required Courses (24-27 credit hours)
|TEACHING OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE/MULTIPLE DISABILITIES AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
|or EXE 620
|ADVANCED TEACHING OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE/MULTIPLE DISABILITIES AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
|COLLABORATION AND CONSULTATIVE PRACTICES IN INCLUSIVE SETTINGS
|ADAPTING LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES
|DIRECT INSTRUCTION INTERVENTION MODELS FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
|ADAPTING CONTENT AREA INSTRUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH DISABILITIES
|APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
|PROMOTING EFFECTIVE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS
|INSTRUCTIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 1
|GRADUATE SEMINAR IN EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION
|Elective Courses (0-3 credit hours) 2
|Select up to one from the following:
|PARENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
|UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN THE CLASSROOM
|BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS
|TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT COMMUNITY LIFE
|ADVANCED APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
|ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
|INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
|Master's Project or Master's Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
|or EXE 695
|Total Credit Hours