SPECIAL EDUCATION



Objectives of the Program

Admission to the Program

Degree Program Requirements

Special Education General Curriculum

Special Education Adapted Curriculum




The M.Ed. degree programs in Special Education lead to T-5 certification in Special Education General Curriculum or Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Any person who has T-4 certification in a teaching field or who has completed a four-year degree program outside the field of teaching and meets the other admission criteria may pursue the master's-level programs.

The Special Education Program provides professional educators an opportunity to enhance their ability to respond positively, creatively and proactively and develop teaching strategies and curriculum skills to enable students with disabilities to access the standard curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills. As the candidates progress through the program they will take away knowledge of research-based best practices in their core content areas, strategies for making data-driven decisions, and skills for improving student achievement through action research.


Objectives of the Program

  1. Construct a thorough base in the foundations, principles, ethics, values, and methods of modern general and special education.
  2. Foster knowledge of pedagogy, enrichment and acceleration, interdisciplinary programming, early childhood intervention, secondary education, transition and rehabilitation, rural and urban education, and technology.
  3. Incorporates coursework in behavioral disorders), intellectual disability, physical disabilities, and mild disabilities including intellectual disability, management of social and unsocial behavior, communication and language, mobility, mathematics, reading, problem solving, visual skills and visual perceptual processing, and self-regulation.
  4. Affords candidates with opportunities to participate in action research, experimental design, program evaluation, cultural diversity, and issues of inclusion and least restrictive environment.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Special Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Special Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Special Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Special Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Special Education program under the same categories of admission.

Degree Program Requirements

Special Education General Curriculum


Area A - Nature of the Learner 3 hrs

ECEC

5500

Early Child Development

EDUC

5555

Clinical Approach to Classroom Analysis

PSYC

5509

Introduction to Behavior Modification

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology

PSYC

5520

Developmental Psychology

PSYC

5555

Conditions of Learning

SPED

5542

Behavior Modification for Special Education




Area B - Programs and Problems 3 hrs

EDUC

5504

History of Education

EDUC

5509

Philosophy of Education

EDUC

5512

Sociology of Inner City Child

EDUC

5538

Curriculum Planning

EDUC

5540

Curriculum Principles




Area C - Teaching Field 24 hrs

READ

5555**

Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (or equivalent)

SPED

5501**

Exceptional Child

SPED

5512*

Characteristics of Children and Youth with Mild Learning,



Intellectual and/or Behavioral Disabilities

SPED

5524*

Instructional Strategies for Teaching the Mildly Disabled

SPED

5530

Counseling Parents of Exceptional Children

SPED

5547

Behavior Management of Exceptional Children

SPED

5545*

Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children

SPED

5563*

Issues in Interrelated Special Education

SPED

5580

Directed Studies in Research and Readings in Special Education

SPED

5590

Teaching of Reading and Math to Exceptional Learners

SPED

5570*

Practicum in Interrelated Special Education




Area D Research 3 hrs

EDUC

5501

Educational Research




Area E - Minimum 3 hrs

EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics (or equivalent)




*Required course.


**Required unless previously fulfilled.

Reading endorsement available.




Total Required Hours36 hrs




Special Education Adapted Curriculum


Area A - Nature of the Learner 3 hrs

ECEC

5500

Child Development

EDUC

5555

Clinical Approach to Classroom Analysis

PSYC

5509

Introduction to Behavior Modification

PSYC

5515

Educational Psychology

PSYC

5520

Developmental Psychology

PSYC

5555

Conditions of Learning

SPED

5542

Behavior Modification for Special Education




Area B - Programs and Problems of the School 3 hrs

EDUC

5504

History of Education

EDUC

5509

Philosophy of Education

EDUC

5512

Sociology of Inner City  Child (or equivalent)

EDUC

5538

Curriculum Planning

EDUC

5540

Curriculum Principles




Area C - Teaching Field 24 hrs

READ

5555*

Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties (or equivalent)

SPED

5501**

Exceptional Child

SPED

5515*

Nature and Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities

SPED

5525*

Instructional Strategies for Intellectual Disabilities

SPED

5530

Counseling Parents of Exceptional Children

SPED

5545*

Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children

SPED

5547

Behavior Management of Exceptional Children

SPED

5563*

Issues in Interrelated Special Education

SPED

5573*

Practicum in Intellectual Disabilities

SPED

5580

Directed Studies in Research and Reading in Special Education

SPED

5590

Teaching of Reading and Math to Exceptional Learners




Area D Research 3 hrs

EDUC

5501

Educational Research




Area E - Minimum of 3 semester hours required 3 hrs

EDUC

5500

Educational Statistics (or equivalent)




*Required course.

**Required unless previously fulfilled.

Reading endorsement available.

Total Required Hours 36 hrs