Special Education M.Ed.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master of Education Degree

Overview

There are 2 primary areas of emphasis within the M.ED.:  Special Education K-age 21 and Early Childhood Special Education.  Within those 2 tracks there are different special education licensure pathways as well as a non-licensure option.

  1. K-age 21 Special Education: Students are prepared to collaborate with families, educators and other professionals in the design, implementation and evaluation of instruction for learners with disabilities in inclusive general elementary, middle or high school classrooms. Within this track are varied licensure options.

  2. Early Childhood Special Education: Students are prepared to provide individualized, family-centered special education services to young children with disabilities and their families through both direct and collaborative delivery systems coordinated with social service agencies in integrated home, preschool and community settings.

 Additional information on the above tracks and/or about the different licensure options should be requested from the program coordinator.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Education

Candidates for the degree of Master of Education in Special Education must have a bachelor's degree and a GPA of at least a 3.00 in the bachelor's degree.  Preference is given to candidates with 2 years of teaching and/or related experience working with people with disabilities.

Candidates for the degree of Master of Education in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education track, must have a bachelor's degree and a GPA of at least a 3.00 in the bachelor's degree. Preference is given to candidates with 2 years of teaching and/or related experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Specific courses are required for each area (K-age 21 and Early Childhood Special Education). Students seeking licensure must meet additional requirements, and specific programs plans will be developed in adherence to a student’s desired licensure. 

Specific requirements for the K-Age 21Special Education Track include:

EDSP 201D2:Foundations of Special Ed3
EDSP 202Severe Disabil Char&Intervent3
EDSP 224Meeting Inst Needs/All Stdnts3
EDSP 280Assessment in Special Ed3
EDSP 310Curr & Tech Spec Ed: Literacy (Literacy)3
EDSP 311Curr & Tech Spec Ed: Math (Numeracy)3
EDSP 318Behavior Analysis in Spec Ed3
EDSP 322Intern: Triadic Model Consult6
EDSP 323Intern: Systems Development3-6
EDSP 387Collaborative Consultation3

Specific requirements for the Early Childhood Special Education Track include:

ECSP 202D2:EI for Infants and Toddlers3
EDSP 202Severe Disabil Char&Intervent3
ECSP 310Curriculum in ECSP3
ECSP 311Assessment in EI/ECSE3
EDSP 318Behavior Analysis in Spec Ed3
ECSP 320Seminar in EI/ECSE3
ECSP 355Implementation Science in ECSP3
ECSP 386Internship: EI/ECSE9
EDSP 387Collaborative Consultation3

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination for both pathways is an oral examination taken in the last semester of study. Students meet with faculty to present their knowledge and application of key learning related to program requirements. 

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Education

Successful completion of any prerequisite courses, and at least 15 graded graduate credits with a 3.00 GPA or better, including all core courses.  Program requires 30-36 credits depending on licensure requirements.