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Careers in Special Education Education

Graduates of our Combined Program can teach:

  • Grades 1 through 6 in public schools in the state of New York for both special education and childhood education,
  • Special Education birth-2nd grades,
  • Early intervention/preschool programs,
  • In private schools in the United States; and,
  • Grades 1 through 6 in a state that has reciprocity with New York certification.

Teaching In Other States

New York has interstate contracts (Reciprocal Certification Agreements) with more than 40 other states and jurisdictions. This greatly increases the value of your SUNY Plattsburgh degree and New York State Certification. This means that our graduates can take advantage of teaching opportunities across the U.S.

For example, some of our graduates have obtained a teaching license in another state to start a full-time teaching position. Others have chosen to go directly into a graduate program. Many choose one of SUNY Plattsburgh's graduate programs to fulfill degree requirements for a professional teaching certificate from the state of New York.

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Career Development Center

Our Career Development Center provides services, resources, and programs designed to help students and alumni better understand the career development process, and to enhance their professional preparation and employability.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about our programs in special education at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Heidi Schnackenberg, Ph.D.
Program Area Coordinator, Master of Science in Education Programs

Office: Sibley Hall 309
Phone: (518) 564-5143
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: [email protected]

Cynthia McCarty, MSED, SDA
Lecturer, Teacher Education Unit
Program Leader, BSMSED/Masters in Special Education

Office: Sibley Hall 200B
Phone: (518) 564-5131
Email: [email protected]