Administration and Supervision of Special Education, Master of Science

(30 semester hours)

As paradigm shifts are occuring in the educational system and as generic skills for all personnel are being valued, this program envisions training administrators who possess broad leadership competencies, familiarity, and experience with the full array of special education services, and who can reflect upon change in all its facets. The program curriculum is closely aligned with Marywood University’s School Leadership program requirements, and the shared courses are intended to integrate the knowledge base of school leadership with the administrative challenges of specialized programming. This program is committed to the training of individuals in administrative and interpersonal skills in order to ensure the development of effective education programs for all, in a variety of settings. Additionally the program is directed at reflective practice and the development of leaders as agents and facilitators of change.

In addition to an initial interview with the chair of the School of Education or designated faculty member and the successful completion of coursework, the degree candidate is required to complete a Professional Contribution under the guidance of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of the Professional Contribution. To be eligible for Pennsylvania certification, the candidate must complete state testing requirements and provide a chief school administrator’s verification of the completion of five years of professional experience as a special education teacher.

Professional Education and Core Courses

EDUC 501Research Theory

3

EDUC 554Contemporary Learning Theories

3

Concentration

SPED 500The Law and Special Education and?Service Delivery

3

SPED 507Characteristics of Students with?Disabilities

3

SPED 511Curriculum Adaptations for the?Special-Needs Learner

3

SPED 539Behavior Management Approaches

3

SPED 540Administration and Supervision of?Special Education Programs

3

SPED 544Practicum in Special Education?Supervision

3

EDUC 545Administrative Theory for School Leaders

3

EDUC 547Curriculum Planning for Schools

3

EDUC 548Supervision and Evaluation of?Instruction

3

SPED 500: Prerequisite

SPED 500, SPED 507, SPED 511, SPED 539, SPED 540, SPED 544, EDUC 545, EDUC 547, EDUC 548: Certification Program in Special Education Supervisor — Persons seeking a PK-12 special education supervisor certificate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who do not wish to receive the Master of Science degree, may do so by taking only courses marked with an asterisk listed under the degree program. An initial interview is also required.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that certain criteria be met prior to acceptance into certification or degree programs. Upon completion of the program, to be eligible to apply for certification, candidates must pass the Praxis Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision test and have five years of professional school experience in the area of special education.

NOTE: The Program requirements discussed in this section are subject to change based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.