M.Ed. SpEd Application Information

Application Deadline

We admit students for the fall term only. 

Admission Requirements

  • A candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Provide proof of New York State teaching certification
  • All graduate-level initial teacher certification programs in New York state require submission of entrance exams as part of the admissions application process. SUNY Empire State College will accept either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Applicants with an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MSW, PhD, EdD, JD) from a regionally accredited college or university may request a waiver from the graduate admissions exam along with an official transcript documenting their degree. Waiver requests should be sent to the School for Graduate Studies (Grad@esc.edu)

An ideal candidate will:


If you would like to apply to the M.Ed. SpEd program, you can apply online. See Graduate Admissions information. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the School for Graduate Studies at 800-847-3000, ext. 2429, or grad@esc.edu

Courses Available to Nonmatriculated Students

If you are a teacher seeking professional development, or a motivated adult seeking certification outside a traditional program, consider taking our online and blended courses as a nonmatriculated student.