Master’s in Special Education Pre K-12 / Professional Certification

Please note: This is the lowest-cost Teacher Training program in NY at $425 per credit. Our program is 100% online. STARTS OCT 2023 — DEADLINE EXTENDED to 10/1

online student with computer earning a special education teacher license

Earn Professional Teacher Certification in BOTH Special Education AND your area of initial certification. If you are initially certified in grades Pre K-12 education, this degree will professionally certify you in BOTH your initial area and Special Education.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s Master of Science degree programs offer values-centered curricula and real-world experience. Students learn how to create a productive learning environment for a diverse range of educational settings and students, and develop the specialized knowledge to effectively teach different student populations while having a significant impact on students’ lives.

Upon successful completion of this program and required Content Specialty Test for Students With Disabilities, students will have fulfilled the academic requirements for certification in Special Education (Pre-K – Grade 12), as well as their initial area of certification.

This program blends vital academic content with practical classroom teaching experience and will take you through everything you need to meet the requirements for Professional NYS certification in your initial area of certification and Special Education, including test prep for your Content Specialty Test.

Our partner programs are designed for working professionals, to be practical, affordable, and convenient. Our completion rate and the success of our thousands of graduates (teachers, counselors, principals, superintendents, etc) speak to the importance of our program design and the large and helpful network effect you’ll have when you graduate. 

There is a teacher shortage. When you graduate you’ll be highly skilled and qualified in a high-need area. 

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Who is it for

The M.S. in Special Education program at CMSV is an accelerated program designed for working professionals or recent college graduates who hold a valid NYS initial teaching certification and need a master’s degree to earn their professional certification.

We also offer a version of this program designed for students with no existing certification, please click here to learn more. 

The SWD (All Grades) certificate permits individuals to teach students with disabilities in pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 in New York State public schools. Teachers who hold this certificate cannot teach students with disabilities from ages 0-2 years, but can teach students with disabilities from ages 3-4 years (e.g., children in Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs).

Our program is offered 100% online so you can learn from the convenience of your own home, with classes held on weekends so that you can continue to work while you earn your degree.

Our cohort model allows you to stay together with the same group of students throughout the program. Students receive a full course schedule upon admission, so you never have to worry about choosing and registering for courses.

Ready To Learn More?
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Call or e-mail us for more info!
Tim Werner
718-923-9333 x 813


Benefits of the College of Mount Saint Vincent Master’s in Special Education administered through CITE: 

  • $425 per credit + $45 per semester technology fee 
  • This tuition is fixed for your whole program, as long as you maintain continuous enrollment
  • No additional fees or tuition increases for the duration of your program
  • Complete the program in one year
  • Federal Financial Aid and payment plans available 
  • Courses held 100% online 
  • Free CST Test Prep courses offered on Sundays and weeknights
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent will accept up to 6 transfer credits 
  • Upon graduation, students will be eligible for professional certification in Special Education as well as your area of initial certification

Ready To Learn More?
Come To An Open House Meeting

Call or e-mail us for more info!
Tim Werner
718-923-9333 x 836


The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, independent liberal arts college that provides high quality opportunities for professional advancement, accomplishment, and service through graduate and certificate programs.  At Mount Saint Vincent, a student’s education extends beyond knowledge, skills, and preparation for work. We seek the development of the whole person by fostering an understanding of our common humanity, a commitment to human dignity, and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other.

Take advantage of the mission, history, and experience of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, now available through our partnership in Brooklyn.  We offer CMSV’s courses with the same practicality, affordability, and convenience you’ve come to expect from CITE programs.