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gRADUAtE PROgRAMs IN EDUCAtION, COUNsELINg AND HIgHER EDUCAtION


MAKE YOUR CAREER MAKE A DIFFERENCE. At Canisius College, our graduate programs in education are designed to help you make a difference in other people’s lives. They combine theory with experience to help you take your career wherever you want to go. We teach from our core Jesuit value of cura personalis, which means “care for the whole person.” Here, you’ll learn to teach people as multi-faceted individuals. You may study counseling and help guide both mind and soul. Specialize in physical education, and keep bodies healthy. Explore differentiated education and learn to teach to the strengths and abilities of each individual student. Whatever you choose, you’ll explore new ways of teaching and learn from experienced professors who will prepare you for success in whatever you aim to achieve.


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PROgRAMs OF stUDY School of Education and Human Services Initial Certification Programs • MS in Adolescence Education • MS in Childhood Education • MS in Physical Education Professional Certification Programs • MS in Physical Education - Online • MS in Differentiated Instruction • MS in Special Education • MS in Deaf Education • MS in Educational Technologies and Emerging Media - Online • MS in Literacy - Online & On Campus • MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Online Educational Leadership Programs - Online • School Building Leader Certification • School District Leader Certification • MS in Educational Leadership Online & On Campus Counseling Programs • MS in Counseling – Community Mental Health Counseling • MS in Counseling – School Counseling Higher Education Administration Program • MS in College Student Personnel Administration

The Canisius College Online Graduate Program in Education ranked high in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of top online education degree programs. Canisius ranked in the Top 50 in the categories of “Teaching Practices and Student Engagement” and “Student Services and Technology” among others.

Faculty & Staff Our faculty members are experts in their fields. They hold terminal degrees and bring professional experience to every course they teach. This balance between theory and practice gives our professors an edge. In every course, they combine quality instruction with flexibility designed for working adults. So – online or in person – you’ll get a world-class education with a realworld point of view. Get to know them at canisius.edu/faculty.

Accreditation Our education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and our counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). They’re both the gold standard in accreditation, so after graduation, employers will recognize the quality of your degree at a single glance.

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gAtHER KNOWLEDgE. PASS IT ALONG. MS in Adolescence Education On campus – 33 credit hours

Teaching adolescents takes experience, understanding of pedagogy, and knowledge of the subject you’ll be teaching. Earning your initial certification in adolescence education will prepare you for this complex task. Our program includes more than 100 hours of field experience – from observation to assisting classroom teachers to student teaching. It allows you to specialize in a subject of your choice, combining educational theories with content area expertise. You’ll graduate with a strong foundation of knowledge, equipped with the tools to pass that knowledge along to the next generation.

Subject Area Tracks • • • • • •

Business English Mathematics French, German, and Spanish Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Social Studies/History

Program Highlights • Start when it works for you – fall or spring. • Qualify to teach in seventh through twelfth grade classrooms in your chosen subject area. • Experience first-hand teaching through our clinically-rich program. See how Colin Shoemaker’s • Earn your initial teaching certification education defined his career at and master’s degree simultaneously. canisius.edu/profiles. • Complete the program in three semesters or 15 months.


FAst FACt Our initial certification programs meet New York certification standards – one of the most rigorous state certifications in the United States – making it easier for you to transfer qualifications to another state.

gROW YOUR CAREER; HELP CHILDREN GROW. MS in Childhood Education On campus – 39 credit hours

Teaching children requires knowledge of many different subjects, classroom management skills, and a keen understanding of how children learn. Our initial certification program in childhood education combines academic study with classroom teaching experience to help you launch your teaching career with confidence. You’ll get more than 100 hours of field experience in classrooms – observing, learning, and student teaching. In addition to educational theory courses and practical experience, you’ll also develop your educational philosophy. At Canisius, we’ll prepare you to become a leader in education and make a difference in the lives of children.

Program Highlights • Start when it works for you – spring or summer. • Qualify to teach in first through sixth grade classrooms. • Experience first-hand teaching through our clinically-rich program. • Earn your initial teaching certification and master’s degree simultaneously. • Complete the program in three semesters or 12–15 months.

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gEt YOUR EDUCAtIONAL CAREER MOVING. MS in Physical Education, Initial Certification On campus – 39 credit hours

Earning your initial certification in physical education will prepare you for a career as a physical education teacher. Our program leads to initial certification in New York – one of the most rigorous state certifications in the nation. Our clinically-rich program will give you real experience teaching every aspect of PE – from team sports to healthy living. You’ll study theory and put it into practice. You’ll research, analyze, test, and synthesize. Our program will prepare you for the real work of teaching physical education – and by the time you have your own classroom, you’ll already be an experienced, certified professional.

Program Highlights • Start when it works for you – fall or spring • Qualify to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade. • Gain practical experience in our clinically-rich program. • Earn your initial New York certification and a master’s degree in a single program. • Enroll in an initial certification program that leads to PE certification in New York and Ontario, Canada. • Complete your degree in four semesters.

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stUDY PHYsICAL EDUCAtION FROM ANY LOCATION. MS in Physical Education, Professional Certification Online – 30 credit hours

If you want to help students get moving, choose our online master’s program in physical education. It focuses on K–12 physical education and leads to professional certification for those already initially certified in teaching PE. We designed the program to meet the needs of working professionals – so it can be completed entirely online. You’ll get the flexibility of online study, but the experienced, qualified professors of a prestigious brick-and-mortar college. You’ll learn theory. You’ll research. You’ll take courses in adapted PE, coaching, sport psychology, and health education. Our graduates embark on careers as PE teachers, coaches, exercise and fitness professionals, and conditioning coordinators. It’s just the education you need to hone your physical educational skills.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Prepare for a variety of physical education and fitness careers. • Study in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. • Benefit from our association with the American Kinesiology Association. • Join us as a member of AAHPERD, the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, health, recreation, and dance. • Learn from anywhere – there’s no required residency, making this one of the few fully-online PE programs anywhere. • Complete your degree in four semesters.

Amanda Janosky’s education comes into play on the field and in the classroom. Meet her at canisius.edu/profiles.

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tEACH EVERY stUDENt AS AN INDIVIDUAL. MS in Differentiated Instruction On campus – 30 credit hours

No two students enter a classroom with identical abilities, experiences, and needs. Learning styles, language proficiencies, background knowledge, readiness to learn and many other factors vary from student to student. Differentiated instruction is an instructional theory that will allow you as a teacher to plan and deliver instruction taking all of this into account. Earning a master’s degree from Canisius in differentiated instruction will prepare you to meet every learner’s needs. Our program pairs academic research with practical experience. You’ll design and run a camp called Canisius for Kids. It’s just one of the many ways we help you put your learning into action – so you graduate experienced in the art of teaching.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Design and participate in Canisius for Kids, an interdisciplinary camp for grades 2-8 that promotes creative thinking. • Enroll in the only graduate differentiated education master’s degree in the region. • Add New York certification in Gifted and Talented Education to your résumé. • Complete the program in three to four semesters.

Sarah Brach says Canisius prepared her for the challenges she encounters in the classroom everyday. Find how at canisius.edu/profiles.


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Joanna Buell’s graduate degree in special education has special significance to her students. See how at canisius.edu/profiles.


LEARN tO tEACH TO EVERY NEED. MS in Special Education On campus – 30 to 54 credit hours

Our master’s program in special education will help you understand the unique needs of students with disabilities. You’ll learn theory and gain a strong foundation of knowledge in educational approaches and learning needs. You’ll also research and practice. You’ll study etiology, psychological and social factors, and techniques for effective teaching. By graduation, your understanding will match your passion for teaching, and with a practicum already on your résumé, you’ll be ready to meet the educational needs of every unique student you teach.

Program Highlights • • • •

Meets New York certification requirements. Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. Bolster your résumé with additional New York certifications. Complete your degree in one or two years.

PROgRAM tRACKs We offer five different degree tracks in special education, depending on your educational background and teaching interests. Advanced Special Education for students with an undergraduate degree in special education 30 credit hours Childhood Special Education for students with an undergraduate degree in childhood education 33 credit hours Adolescence Special Education for students with an undergraduate degree in adolescence education 33 credit hours

Initial Childhood Plus Special Education for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than education; earn your initial childhood certification and master’s degree at once 54 credit hours Initial Adolescence Plus Special Education for students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than education; earn your initial adolescence certification and master’s degree at once - 54 credit hours

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COMMUNICAtE WItH EVERY STUDENT. MS in Deaf Education On campus – 58 credit hours

Our masters program in deaf education partners with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf to give you field experience starting in your first semester. Here, you’ll join a tight-knit cohort with just eight graduate students. You’ll learn and work in our dedicated suite at St. Mary’s School, which includes classrooms, a graduate student lounge, and faculty offices. The program is intensive. It combines educational practice with a strong theoretical framework, wrapped in a comprehensive program philosophy. So by graduation, you’ll be ready to teach deaf children – from pre-nursery age through high school – in residential schools or day schools or resource rooms, and help them better navigate the world.

Program Highlights • Start in the fall. • Learn American Sign Language during the course of the program. • Join a cohort of less than ten fellow students. • Work and learn at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf starting in your first semester. • Experience both residential and public school teaching environments. • Complete your degree in two years.

FAst FACt Our graduates earn the credentials for teaching deaf children from birth through age 21, meeting the standards of both New York and the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED).


BRINg tHE WHOLE WORLD INTO THE CLASSROOM. MS in Educational Technologies and Emerging Media Online – 33 credit hours

Our graduate program in educational technologies and emerging media is flexible yet rigorous, to keep you at the forefront of an emerging field. You can choose from four program tracks to receive either a master’s degree or an advanced certificate, and any one will fully prepare you for a career in educational technology. It will help you integrate many types of media into your classroom – from video to iPods to cameras to internet resources to whatever technological tool emerges next.

Program Highlights Earn your degree entirely online. Study in convenient eight-week sessions. Complete the master’s program in 15 months. Start when it works better for you – fall or spring. • Fulfill practicum requirements for New York certification at an approved site in your local area. • • • •

Program Tracks • Master’s degree in educational technologies, leading to New York certification as an educational technology specialist. • Master’s degree in educational technologies, not leading to New York certification. Ron Kotlik, PhD, leads educators to technologies that will impact their students and their careers. See how at canisius.edu/faculty.

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READINg IN ACTION. MS in Literacy On campus or online – 33 credit hours

Literacy is so foundational to learning that earning a master’s degree in the specialty can strengthen any educational career. Our program relies on excellent professors and real-world experience. We pair that academic rigor with flexible learning options for working professionals – so you can earn your degree online and complete your field experience during an intensive two-week residency on our Buffalo campus. Our program can prepare you for a career anywhere in the U.S., since it meets core literacy standards common across 46 U.S. states. Whether you use your degree to enhance your classroom or to move your career beyond it, you’ll graduate with the skills to truly improve education.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Earn your degree online or on-campus. • Teach in our on campus literacy center during a two-week intensive residency. • Obtain the highly sought-after certification in literacy. • Apply for financial assistance with a program that qualifies for TEACH funding grants. • Complete your degree in one or two years.

FAst FACt Since our program meets core literacy standards common across 46 U.S. states, our students are prepared for a career almost anywhere in the U.S.


Tiffany Fanning’s education in literacy gave her real-world experience and the strong foundation she keeps building on. See how at canisius.edu/profiles.

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LEARN HERE, TEACH ANYWHERE. MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Online – 30 credit hours

Our master’s program in TESOL will give you the qualifications and practical skills to teach English in any setting – from an inner city public school to teaching English in Korea. You’ll learn to teach students who speak many different languages, and you don’t need to be bilingual to enroll. We’ll give you the certification and experience to begin teaching right away. And since TESOL is a growing field, job opportunities are expanding, especially in urban areas. So with this certification, your degree will be portable to wherever many different languages are spoken.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Enroll without being bilingual – fluency in a second language “My professors were my advocates,” says is not required. Theresa Ansbrow. See why that makes all the • Prepare for a job anywhere difference at canisius.edu/profiles. different languages are spoken. • Conduct your practicum anywhere in the United States or internationally. • Complete the entire program online – there’s no residency required. • Apply for financial support through available grant funding. • Earn your degree in three to four semesters.


Advanced Certification in TESOL Online – 18 credit hours

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Our advanced certification in TESOL equips master’s holding classroom teachers to teach English to speakers of other languages. Our program meets New York certification requirements for grades K–12. You’ll study cultural issues, theory, and linguistics. You’ll participate in research and field work. So you’ll complete the program not only certified, but genuinely prepared.

In the Buffalo area alone, there are 3,862 English language learners. Having this in-demand skill set can help you attain quality positions in a competitive job market.

Bilingual Education Extension Online – 15 credit hours

Our bilingual education extension is designed to help teachers meet New York requirements in bilingual education. Teachers who already hold initial certification, a master’s degree, and foreign language proficiency can complete the program entirely online. Our flexible program allows you to start in fall, spring, or summer, and will prepare you for the satisfying work of helping students learn to speak, write, and understand the English language.

Program Tracks • Standard Education • Special Education

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AN EDUCAtION tHAt WILL TEACH YOU TO LEAD. PROgRAM OVERVIEW Our educational leadership programs are all part of a single master’s program. The program has three sequential segments, customized to meet different student needs. So you complete one program, two, or earn the entire master’s degree.

School Building Leader Program On campus or online – 26 credit hours

Our school building leader program prepares certified teachers to become administrative school leaders. We prepare experienced teachers to become Pre K–12 headmasters, principals, assistant principals, and school directors. You’ll learn to build a curriculum, to supervise, mentor, and peer-coach. This demanding yet rewarding career takes rigorous preparation, and we give you the academic background and experience necessary to conquer the task head-on.

School District Leader Program On campus or online – requires completion of School Building Leader Program + 6 additional credit hours

Completing our school district leader program will qualify you to become a leader on a district level. After completing our school building leader program, it takes just two additional courses to complete this program. You’ll learn supervision skills needed for effective administration and develop an understanding of business administration within the educational system. After completing the program, you’ll be ready to make a lasting difference in the broader educational system.


MS in Educational Leadership On campus or online – requires completion of School District Leader Program + 9 additional credit hours

Once you’ve completed our school district leader program, earning a master’s degree in educational leadership requires only three additional courses. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to effectively create, implement, and evaluate a curriculum. You’ll prepare to face the ever increasing demand to make appropriate legal educational decisions. You’ll study current issues in educational leadership, and you’ll graduate prepared to be an agent for change in the educational system.

Master’s Program Concentration Tracks • Emerging Issues in Educational Leadership • Education Technologies and Emerging Media • Athletics Administration • Instructional Leadership • General Educational Leadership Program Highlights

Program Highlights

• Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Achieve certification in New York. • Study current issues in school leadership. • Master leadership skills and learn to peer-mentor. • Learn from experienced educators, principals, and superintendents. • Gain internship experiences tailored to meet your needs and interests.

See how Jack Turner redefined his teaching career and became a vice principal at canisius.edu/profiles.

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CHOOsE A CAREER THAT CHANGES LIVES.

See how Courtney Nelson’s education keeps making a difference at canisius.edu/profiles.

MS in Counseling – Community Mental Health Counseling On campus – 60 credit hours

Our master’s program in community mental health counseling will help you change lives. You might work in the field of mental health, helping individuals with recognized mental struggles. You might study substance abuse counseling and support people working hard to get and stay sober. Or you might choose rehabilitation counseling and help those with disabilities or developmental concerns. Whichever aspect of counseling you choose, our program will give you a solid foundation of knowledge and field experience. You’ll learn to practice counseling skills and study every aspect of counseling – from cultural dynamics to chemical dependency to social behavior.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Intern in the field to gain valuable experience. • Study counseling techniques for group and family counseling. • Graduate from an accredited CACREP clinical mental health counseling program. • Choose a combination program that includes community mental health and school counseling. • Complete the program in two years. Specialization Tracks • Mental health counseling – prepare for certification as a licensed mental health counselor • Substance abuse counseling – prepare for certification as a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor • Rehabilitation counseling – prepare for certification as a certified rehabilitation counselor


QUALIFY tO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MS in Counseling – School Counseling On campus – 48 credit hours; 60 credit hours for Permanent Certification

Earning a master’s degree in school counseling will prepare you to help students cope with growing up in today’s world. You’ll learn direct counseling skills in a variety of settings. Coursework will prepare you to work collaboratively in a school setting. You’ll study and practice taking on roles of leadership, advocacy, and consultation. These valuable skills will allow you to influence schools on a systematic level, and to make a difference in the lives of individuals.

Program Highlights • Start when it works best for you – fall, spring, or summer. • Qualify for initial certification as a K–12 school counselor in New York. • Gain valuable field experience through our internship program. • Study the social and cultural issues students face in schools today. • Participate in education reform to close achievement gaps through our relationship with the Educational Trust’s Transforming School Counseling Initiative. • Complete the program in two years.

FAst FACt Our school program will qualify you for initial certification as a K–12 school counselor in New York. And since our program is built on a strong foundation of practical and applied skills, you’ll graduate prepared for a career that will change lives.

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LOVE COLLEgE? MAKE IT YOUR CAREER. MS in College Student Personnel Administration, On campus – 36 credit hours

Earning a master’s degree in college student personnel administration will prepare you for work in many aspects of higher education. Our program combines rigorous coursework with experiential learning – through two internships and opportunities for graduate assistantships. Plus, you’ll learn on a college campus, which is like studying investment strategies on Wall Street. With a strong combination of theory, research, and experience, you’ll graduate prepared to pursue any aspect of collegiate administration – from residence life to career counseling to student services to multicultural affairs.

Program Highlights • Start in the fall. • Participate in two internships at Canisius, or other universities, nationally or internationally • Obtain an assistantship and earn financial assistance toward your tuition. • Attend two national conferences alongside your professors. Conferences are included in program cost. • Join a tight-knit cohort of 20–30 fellow graduate students. • Complete your degree in just two years.

Assistantships and Financial Aid Apply before February 1 and you can qualify for a graduate assistantship that will pay for 80-90% of your tuition. Whether you work on our campus or elsewhere, you’ll gain first-hand experience in college administration.

FAst FACts In fact, 95% of 2012 graduates, and 100% of 2011 graduates were employed within one year of graduation. “Canisius helped shape my success in education and in life,” says Katherine Fish. See how at canisius.edu/profiles.


WHERE OUR stUDENts WORK Director of Student Involvement, Indiana University Dean of Students, Edison State College Associate Dean of Students, Depauw University Director of Campus Life, The College At Brockport Community Director, Dartmouth College Diversity Coordinator, Rhode Island School of Design International Student Advisor, Georgia Institute of Technology Director of Alumni Relations, Daemen College Social Issues and Wellness Educator, Hartwick College Assistant Dean for Judicial Affairs, Louisburg College Assistant Director of Residence Life, Elon University Director of International Admissions, Sacred Heart University Coordinator of Disability Services, Medaille College Community Director, University of Maryland Assistant Director for Residence Life, Pratt Institute Associate Dean of Residence Life, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Assistant Director of Career Services, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, State University of New York – Geneseo

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DISCOVER Get ready for online study. Visit canisius.edu/readiness for info and advice about earning a graduate degree online.

FINANCING YOUR DEGREE For details on your program’s aid offerings, visit our website or contact our financial aid office at finaid@canisius.edu or 716-888-2300.

Visit and apply Whether you’re set on a specific program or still exploring your grad school options, we’d love to help you figure out what comes next. Contact our admissions office to speak with a counselor, set up a visit, or find out more about studying at Canisius College.

contact us Canisius College 2001 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14208–1098 716.888.2545 800.950.2520 gradadm@canisius.edu canisius.edu/graduate


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