Special Education, Master of Science

(36 semester hours)

(Degree program that builds on a previous certification not in Special Education and leads to Special Education certification in the grade level corresponding to the previous certification PK-8 or 7-12.)

Degree-seeking students are required to complete a curriculum that includes studies of major issues in the field and develops broad teacher competencies in a variety of areas. The following course sequence is suggested but the individual’s academic preparation and professional experiences may permit variations.

The assumption is that candidates seeking this degree already have core curriculum and instruction education courses including math, science, social studies, and English language arts and literacy. Candidates not meeting this requirement may be required to take additional coursework.

Program Prerequisites: An Education core including RED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading.

Prerequisites*

SPED 507Characteristics of Students with?Disabilities

3

SPED 511Curriculum Adaptations for the?Special-Needs Learner

3

EDUC 561Methods Materials and Assessment in ESL?Teaching Esl

3

SPED 539Behavior Management Approaches

3

*Candidates can receive transfer credit for equivalent undergraduate-level prerequisite courses on official transcripts. If additional courses are needed for the Master’s Degree (minimum of 30 credits), candidates can select approved substitute courses from Autism Spectrum Disorders, Reading Specialist, School Supervisor or other areas.

Concentration

SPED 500The Law and Special Education and?Service Delivery

3

 

SPED 523Programming for the At-Risk?Infant/Preschool Child

3

Or

SPED 522Career Education for Students With?Disabilities

3

 

SPED 536Cognitive Assessment and Remediation

3

RED 530Reading Disabilities and Diagnosis

3

RED 533Remedial Techniques

3

EDUC 520Universal Design for Learning

3

SPED 519Practicum in Special Education

3

Professional Education and Core Courses

EDUC 501Research Theory

3

EDUC 554Contemporary Learning Theories

3

SPED 555Professional Contribution

0

Note: EDUC 501 and SPED 555 should be taken concurrently

To be eligible to apply for certification upon completion of the program, candidates must pass the appropriate pect (Pearson) test: