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Master of Education in Special Education

The Graduate Studies Program in Special Education is designed to provide certified general educators with the necessary academic background to meet the educational, emotional, and social goals of the child/adolescent with special needs. Students take courses in the areas of assessment, curriculum, and behavior strategies.

Candidates who complete this program will satisfy the requirements for either elementary or secondary-level certification for children/adolescents with mild and moderate disabilities. The program can also give additional expertise to individuals who have already completed an undergraduate program and are presently special education teachers.

Program Requirements

All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within a period of five calendar years.  To receive the degree, a student is required to maintain a "B" average in all work.  A portfolio must also be completed to achieve certification status.

Students are required to pass the Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications test prior to student teaching.

*Fulfillment of state certification requirements is the responsibility of the graduate student.

Special Education

Students who have completed an undergraduate program in special education will not follow this sequence of courses but will work out a program with their advisor, which will meet their needs and interests. 

2013-2014 Student Teaching Handbook

2013-2014 GSE Handbook

The Sequence

The courses required in the master’s program in special education leading to initial certification are listed below.  All courses in each strand must be completed prior to proceeding to the next strand of courses; each strand serves as a prerequisite to the following strand.

Strand 1

EDU 823         Introduction & Characteristics of Students with Special Needs        

EDU 571         Communication Disorders

EDU 608         Assessment of Individual Differences (Prerequisite EDU 823)

EDU Elective  (3 credit hours)

Strand 2

EDU 606         Teaching Reading to Students with Special Needs  

EDU 617         Behavior Strategies

EDU 649         Collaboration: Home/School/Community

EDU 811         Special Education for Children from Diverse Backgrounds

Strand 3

EDU 613         Vocational Programming (Secondary certification)

EDU 616         Advanced Assessment

EDU 636         Assessment/Curriculum for the Student with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in K-12 settings                                                


EDU 630         Elementary Student Teaching Internship (Prerequisites: Strands 1,2,3)

EDU 631         Secondary Student Teaching Internship (Prerequisites: Strands 1,2,3)

Students who have completed a certification program in special education will follow this sequence of courses:

EDU 501 Fundamentals of Research 

EDU 662 Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Urban Learners

EDU 606 Teaching Reading to Students with Special Needs

EDU 615 Medical Aspects of Children with Disabilities

EDU 616 Advanced Assessment

EDU 617 Behavior Strategies

EDU 599 Teaching Students with Autism

EDU 610 Applying Research to the Teaching of Mathematics

EDU 811 Special Education for Children from Diverse Backgrounds

EDU Elective Reading Course

EDU Electives (6 credit hours)

(For a total of 36 credit hours)

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