Wurzweiler Combines Social Work and Education in New Graduate Programs Master’s Degrees in Special Education


How does one combine 1) a compassionate approach to human welfare with 2) a strong pedagogical foundation for teachers instructing students with a variety of abilities and special needs? 

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University is tackling this challenge with the creation of two new degree programs in Special Education.

These two new programs cover two different age groups:  Teaching Students With Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2), 47 credits and Teaching Students With Disabilities, (Grades 1 – 6), 46 credits. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts degree and will be prepared for their initial certification exam as well as their certification in special education.

Each program will focus on developing the skills to teach children who require specialized support. The curriculum includes courses in childhood development, pedagogical practice, differentiated instruction as well as inclusive practices.

“These culturally-sensitive programs are rooted in the values of social justice and equity and will provide opportunities for students who are specifically looking to work in Jewish educational settings as well as secular environments,” said Dr. Joan Rosenberg, Ed.D, founding director of the program.

“As with all Wurzweiler programs, students receive extensive support from faculty, academic advisors, and student teaching supervisors, plus their cooperating teachers with whom they work very closely,” she explained.

The programs are open to individuals just entering the field as well as experienced teachers who want to become certified to teach special education. 

Dr. Danielle Wozniak, Dean of Wurzweiler, is excited to offer existing teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in education as well as improve their earning potential. 

Dean Wozniak added, “The program’s first cohort is expected to be as diverse and eager to learn as the groups of students they will educate. Wurzweiler students will understand that the process of learning to be a teacher is never finished. Our graduates will become reflective life-long learners.”

To learn more, visit www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/special-education

About Yeshiva University

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: Wilf Campus (Washington Heights), Israel Henry Beren Campus and Brookdale Center (midtown Manhattan) and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus (the Bronx). YU’s three undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women and Sy Syms School of Business—offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and courses in the sciences and humanities. Graduate and affiliate schools include: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, The Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz School of Science and Health, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic institutions.