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36 Credits- Non-Thesis Option

Program Mission:

The M.Ed. in Special Education is designed for the candidate who holds certification in Special Education and is seeking to enhance and improve upon their professional practice.

Description of Program:

This program of study requires a core of M.Ed. course requirements (6 credits), and a core of Major course requirements (9 credits), five Major course electives (15 credits), and two Program electives (6 credits).

This program can be combined with the Supervisory certification, the Applied Behavior Analyst certification, or an individually devised program designed with assistance from an academic advisor.

The individually designed program takes into account the work experience and professional goals of the candidate to tailor the course work to the needs of the student.

Program Assessment:

M.Ed. degree in Special Education: The last step in the degree program is the completion of the “oral examination” required by the Graduate School. For the M.Ed. in Special Education, it is in the form of a professional presentation. The purpose of the M.Ed. Professional Presentation is to demonstrate your expertise in evidence-based practices for individuals with disabilities.

Learning Outcomes: Specific to Special Education Preparation Programs

  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 1: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 2: Learning Environments
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 3: Curricular Content Knowledge
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 4: Assessment
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 5: Instructional Planning and Strategies
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 6: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 7: Collaboration

30 Credits- Thesis Option

Program Mission:

The M.Ed. in Special Education is designed for the candidate who holds certification in Special Education and is seeking to enhance and improve upon their professional practice.

Description of Program:

This program of study requires a core of M.Ed. course requirements (6 credits), and a core of Major course requirements (9 credits), five Major course electives (15 credits), and two Program electives (6 credits).

This program can be combined with the Supervisory certification, the Applied Behavior Analyst certification, or an individually devised program designed with assistance from an academic advisor.

The individually designed program takes into account the work experience and professional goals of the candidate to tailor the course work to the needs of the student.

Program Assessment:

The assessment of this program is the completion of a thesis project. Students will conduct a large research project, which will likely involve several semesters of work to be published.

Learning Outcomes: Specific to Special Education Preparation Programs

  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 1: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 2: Learning Environments
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 3: Curricular Content Knowledge
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 4: Assessment
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 5: Instructional Planning and Strategies
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 6: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • CEC Initial Preparation Standard 7: Collaboration