M.S. in Special Education Program Requirements

The 30 credit-hour (10 classes) master's program and 18 credit-hour (six courses) advanced certificate option each feature integrated coursework and practicum.

For each program option below, the number of credits for each course is designated in parentheses after the course title.

M.S. in Special Education: Childhood and Special Education (Initial/Professional Certification)

This 30 credit-hour master's degree program is for teachers who are initially certified in childhood education (grades 1-6) who want to become certified to teach students with disabilities.  The program results in the Master of Science in Special Education degree.

Requirements

  • GEDU 526 - Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling (3)
  • GRDG 506 - Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Childhood (3)
  • GRDG 639 - Emergent Literacy (3)
  • GSED 500 - Critical Issues in Inclusive Education (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 508 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Childhood (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 555 - Field Experience III (50 Hours) (0)
  • GSED 595 - Research in Special Education and Capstone Project (3)
  • GSED 650 - Practicum in Special Education: Childhood (3)

Total: 30 credits

M.S. in Special Education: Adolescence and Special Education (Initial/Professional Certification)

This 30 credit-hour master's degree program is for teachers who are initially certified in adolescence education (grades 7-12) who want to become certified to teach students with disabilities. The program results in the Master of Science in Special Education degree.

Requirements

  • GEDU 526 - Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling (3)
  • GRDG 507 - Teaching Reading to Learners with Special Needs: Adolescence (3)
  • GRDG 634 - Literacy Instruction in the Content Areas (3)
  • GSED 500 - Critical Issues in Inclusive Education (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 512 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 556 - Field Experience III Adolescence Special Education (0)
  • GSED 595 - Research in Special Education and Capstone Project (3)
  • GSED 651 - Practicum in Special Education: Adolescence (3)

Total: 30 credits

Special Education Advanced Certification: Grades 1-6

This 18 credit-hour program is for teachers who have completed the master's degree requirement and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 1–6.

Requirements

  • GSED 500 - Critical Issues in Inclusive Education (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 508 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Childhood (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 650 - Practicum in Special Education: Childhood (3)

Total: 18 credits

Special Education Advanced Certification: Grades 7–12

This 18 credit-hour program is for teachers who have completed the master's degree requirement and are pursuing certification to teach students with disabilities in grades 7–12.

Requirements

  • GSED 500 - Critical Issues in Inclusive Education (3)
  • GSED 501 - Inclusive Education in Today’s Schools (3)
  • GSED 502 - Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 512 - Behavior Management in the Inclusive Classroom: Adolescence (3)
  • GSED 516 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • GSED 651 - Practicum in Special Education: Adolescence (3)

Total: 18 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Graduate Catalog.