Emphasis in Special Education

The Masters of Arts in Education with emphasis in special education is designed to prepare teachers to provide appropriate levels of service to students with disabilities at Pre-K through Twelve levels. The goal of this degree is to provide teachers with updated research, legal procedures, knowledge, and best practices to be successful with students who struggle to learn and/or behave appropriately in general education classrooms. 

Four pathways are available in the Special Education program:

  • Instructional Strategist I, K-8 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I, 5-12 endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist II, K-12 endorsement
  • Special Education — no endorsement. 

Course Requirements

Masters Program Core  |  13 hours
A five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all Master of Arts in Education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Understanding legal and policy issues, building leadership skills, examining cultural and ethical implications, and applying the tools of investigation are but a few of the outcomes targeted by the program’s core experiences. 

  • ED 500 Educational Policy
  • ED 505 Educational Leadership 
  • ED 600 Educational Research
  • ED 601 Action Research Project
  • ED 602 Education Thesis

Required Courses (all options)

  • ED 550 Special Education Law
  • ED 555 Assessment in Special Education
  • ED 560 Behavior Intervention
  • *ED 595 Seminar in Spcial Education

(*Must be taken before ED 600)


Instructional Strategist I, K-8  |  33 total hours 
Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:

  • ED 570 Methods: Instructional Strategist I (K-8)
  • ED 530 Diagnostic Reading
  • ED 650 Student Teach: Instructional Strategist I (K-8)

 


Instructional Strategist I, 5-12  |  36 total hours 
Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:

  • ED 575 Methods: Instructional Strategist I (5-12)
  • ED 525 Content Area Reading and Writing
  • ED 580 Transitions & Career Planning
  • ED 651 Student Teach: Instructional Strategist I (5-12)

 


Strategist II, K-12  |  39 total hours
Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:

  • ED 580 Transitions & Career Planning
  • ED 585 Methods: Instructional Strategist II (K-12)
  • ED 530 Diagnostic Reading
  • ED 652 or 653 Student Teach (Elem/Sec): Instructional Strategist II
  • ED 654 or 655 Student Teach-Alternate Level (Elem/Sec): Instructional Strategist II

 


No Endorsement  |  30+ total hours
Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and 9 hours from endorsement areas or from:

  • ED 590 Curriculum Adaptations
  • ED 565 Teaching Social Competency
  • ED 576 Trends and Strategies in Autism
  • ED 571 Universal Design
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The Masters of Arts Degree in Education with emphasis in Special Education program is designed to prepare teachers to provide appropriate levels of service to students with disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels. Four options are available under this program:<br />
&bull; &nbsp;Instructional Strategist I K-8 endorsement<br />
&bull; &nbsp;Instructional Strategist I 5-12 endorsement<br />
&bull; &nbsp;Instructional Strategist II K-12 endorsement<br />
&bull; &nbsp;Special Education&mdash;no endorsement.
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The goal of this degree is to provide teachers with updated research, legal procedures, knowledge, and best practices to be successful with students who struggle to learn and/or behave appropriately in general education classrooms.
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<strong>Masters Program Core (13 hours)</strong><br />
A five-course core provides a vibrant shared experience for all Master of Arts in Education students. These courses focus on developing the broader perspectives needed for leadership in the profession. Understanding legal and policy issues, building leadership skills, examining cultural and ethical implications, and applying the tools of investigation are but a few of the outcomes targeted by the program&rsquo;s core experiences.<br />
<strong>&nbsp;</strong> ED 500 Educational Policy
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ED 505 Educational Leadership&nbsp;
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ED 600 Educational Research
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ED 601 Action Research Project
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ED 602 Education Thesis
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<strong>Required Courses (all options)</strong>
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ED 550 Special Education: Law, Collaboration &amp; Consultation
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ED 555 Assessment in Special Education
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ED 560 Behavior Intervention
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<strong>Instructional Strategist I K-8 (30 total hours)<br />
</strong>Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:
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ED 570 Methods &amp; Strategies for the Mild/Moderate Learner
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ED 530 Diagnosis &amp; Remediation of Reading Disabilities
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ED 650 Student Teaching Instructional Strategist K-8
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<strong>Instructional Strategist I 5-12 (33 total hours)<br />
</strong>Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:
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ED 575 Methods &amp; Strategies for the Mild/Moderate Learner
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ED 525 Content Area Reading and Writing
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ED 580 Transitions &amp; Career Planning
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ED 651 Student Teaching Instructional Strategist I 5-12
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<strong>Strategist II K-12 (35 total hours)<br />
</strong>Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and:
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ED 580 Transitions &amp; Career Planning
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ED 585 Curriculum &amp; Methods for Instructional Strategist II
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ED 530 Diagnostic Assessment of Reading and Writing
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ED 652 or 653 Student Teaching Instructional Strategist II K-8 or 5-12
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ED 654 or 655 Student Teaching Alternate Level Instructional Strategist II K-8 or 5-12
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<strong>No Endorsement (30+ total hours)</strong><br />
Requirements: Program Core, Required Courses and 9 hours from endorsement areas or from:
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ED 590 Curriculum Design &amp; Adaptation in Content Areas for Children with Special Needs
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ED 565 Teaching Social Competency
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ED 566 Individual Planning in Education
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ED 576 Trends and Strategies in Teaching Children with Autism
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ED 571 Universal Design
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