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Special Education (M.S.)

Administered by the Department of Exceptionality Programs

Effective Fall 2012

Admission. Applicants seeking admission to the master's degree programs must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. The following criteria are also required:

A one-page, handwritten letter of intent stating professional background, experience and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the department
Two letters of recommendation
An interview with the chair or program coordinator
An undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8. If average is below 2.8, the student may be admitted provisionally. No Cs may be earned during a probationary period.

Retention. Students must complete the criteria listed in the Teacher Education - Special Education Advanced Programs packet prior to the completion of 21 graduate credits. Required GPA, child abuse, FBI and criminal clearances, and liability insurance coverage is described within the packet.

Graduation. Students seeking the M.S. in Special Education must complete requirements as listed below.

Requirements - Special Education (M.S.)

Prerequisite course requirement (3 credits): SPECED.101 or SPECED.516, or equivalent

Core requirements (15 credits)

SPECED.502 Special Education Law

SPECED.565 Special Education Research Methods I

SPECED.567 Special Education Research Methods II

SPECED.575 Seminar in Current Issues in Special Education

SPECED.591 Practicum in Special Education

Specialization Area requirements (12-18 credits)

Students enrolled in M.S. in Special Education program will be required to specialize in a graduate program content area. Depending on their selected specialization students will be required to take 12 to 18 graduate credits in that area. The approved specialization areas are:

Special Education (12-15 credits)

Special Education Supervisory Certification (18 credits)

Behavior Intervention and Support (12 credits)

Counseling (12 credits)

Curriculum and Instruction (12 credits)

Early Intervention (12 credits)

English Second Language Certificate (12 credits)

Instructional Technology (12 credits)

Literacy and Reading (12 credits)


Any remaining credits needed for completing the M.S. in Special Education can be taken as electives in either special education or one of the other specialization areas. Some of the elective courses in special education are as follows.

SPECED.501 Administration and Supervision in Special Education

SPECED.502 Principles of Special Education Law

SPECED.503 Curricular Design and Instruction for Inclusive Education

SPECED.506 Introduction to Early Intervention

SPECED.507 Families and Inclusion in Early Intervention

SPECED.508 Experience in Early Intervention

SPECED.510 ASD Workshop

SPECED.516 Orientation to Exceptionalities

SPECED.517 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support

SPECED.522 Mathematics for Students with Special Needs

SPECED.526 Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

SPECED.530 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Mod./Severe Disabilities (PK-8)

SPECED.533 Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities

SPECED.544 Academic Assessment for Instruction

SPECED.547 Technology Applications for Individuals with Disabilities

SPECED.550 Effective Instructional Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities (PK-8)

SPECED.551 Effective Instructional Practices tor Students with Mild Disabilities (7-12)

SPECED.552 Project in Special Education

SPECED.557 Linking Assessment/Instruction for Students with Disabilities

SPECED.558 Methods of Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms

SPECED.559 Seminar in Special Education

SPECED.572 Seminar in Behavior Disorders

SPECED.595 Internship

SPECED.596 Special Workshop 1 (1-6 credits)

SPECED.597 Special Workshop 2 (1-6 credits)

SPECED.598 Special Workshop 3 (l-6 credits)

PROFSTUD.599 Master's Research Paper (for graduate students electing Choice A only)

With adviser approval, students may also choose additional elective graduate courses in related fields such as reading, early childhood, elementary and secondary education, psychology and sociology. Coursework for a special education supervisory certificate may be incorporated into the M.S. in special education.