M.S.Ed. Inclusive Education Specialty

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  • Collaborate with teachers across developmental areas to develop an in-depth understanding of theory and teaching practices in critical consciousness and reflection, while building a plan for your sustained resilience and joy in teaching.
  • Set yourself apart with the addition of a specialty area. Choose your specialty extension or annotation in either gifted and talented education, severe and multiple disabilities, or bilingual education. You can add other specialty areas such as Advanced Certificates in Autism or Early Intervention and Post-Masters in Literacy or ESOL
  • Deepen your knowledge and skills in supporting diverse learners through innovative advanced courses in literacy, TESOL, Foundations of Education, and equity-focused differentiated curriculum and instruction.

Program is ideal for

  • The Inclusive Education Specialty Program is for teachers seeking professional certification and a master's degree.
  • The program is open to any teacher who holds initial certification in teaching students with disabilities (Birth-grade 2, Grades 1-6, 7-12, or all grades) and either Early Childhood Education (Birth-grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1-6), or a content area (grades 7-12).
  • This program will deepen teachers' knowledge and skills to meet the needs of diverse learners and includes the opportunity to add the Gifted and Talented Extension, Bilingual Extension, or Severe and Multiple Disabilities Annotation.

Program options

  • 30 credits
  • Part-time or full-time


  • Evening classes, live online


Complete in as fast as 10 months (fall, spring, summer A)


Evening classes, live online


Flexible: full-time or part-time


Choose your specialization

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, veterans benefits, loans, and public service loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Curriculum Examples

  • Foundations of Literacy
  • Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • Developing the Critically Conscious Teacher: Promising Practices
  • Differentiated Curriculum/Instruction and Collaborative Practice
  • Introduction to Gifted and Talented Education
  • Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • Educational Justice
  • Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors in Inclusive Settings

Career information

  • There are teacher shortages across the nation. New York state officials estimate that the state will need more than 180,000 new teachers in the next decade.
  • While there are shortages across many content subjects, critical areas include special education, bilingual education, English as a Second Language, and Literacy. It is more important than ever for teachers to build their skills in solutions-oriented, collaborative, and reflective teaching practices to create meaningful and joyful teaching careers for themselves.
  • A Master's degree is a required pathway to professional certification across multiple states.

Teacher's Perspective

"This specialty program is powerful because it honors the role of the teacher who is pursuing their master's in the profession. The fully online format allows for flexibility in busy schedules, and the built-in choice of concentration honors the teacher's ability to pursue their passions in the field.

There is a difference between 'online learning' and 'Naz online learning.' Naz online learning continues the strong tradition of very present, engaged faculty who seek to understand the learning passions of their students and mentor them in their chosen fields. Faculty are always a click or a phone call away."

— Kerry Dunn, program director

What to Expect

  • Highly engaged faculty
  • Multiple opportunities to apply and individualize research and assignments for your own learning environments
  • Choice in concentration and electives
  • Ability and ease to add on specialties

Value of your degree

  • 100% job placement rates
  • Accredited by the Associate for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation
  • Pathway to professional certification, which is required in NYS

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