Students with Disabilities - All Grades(MSEd)

Department Co-Chairs:  Kelly A. Harper, PhD and Marya Grande, PhD

Licensure Disclosure

Canisius University cannot determine whether completion of this program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements outside of New York State for the intended occupation. We advise you to contact your state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for Professional Licensure in the state where you are located or the state in which you intend to pursue licensure. Please contact the associate dean of your school if you have further questions.

Grade Requirements

Graduate students enrolled in initial certification programs must achieve a C or above in all course requirements and a B- or above in all graduate program coursework. Failure to meet these requirements will require repeating the course &/or completing additional coursework.


SPE 580Classroom Management3
EDU 556Assessment for Diverse Learners3
SPE 631Reading and Writing Process for Students with Learning and Behavioral Disorders (25 hour Field Exp )3
SPE 640Learning and Behavioral Disabilities (LBD); Etiology and Research Based Interventions3
SPE 649Transition Issues for Adolescents with Disabilities3
SPE 650Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiology & Educational Needs3
SPE 652Functional Curriculum for Students with Severe Disabilities and ASD (25 hour Field Exp)3
EDU 615Research Methods3
EDCH 540Learning and Development Birth to Grade 6 13
or EDAD 535 Learning and Human Development: Adolescence
SPE 692Student Teaching4.5
Total Credits31.5

Candidates who already have adolescence certification take EDCH 540; those  with childhood certification take EDAD 535

Certification Requirements for Students with Disabilities (SWD) All Grades certification:

  1. Six credit hours in English
  2. Six credit hours in math
  3. Six credit hours in social studies
  4. Six credit hours in science

These courses may be taken before or concurrent with this graduate program.