Special Education

The M.Ed. degree programs in Special Education lead to T-5 certification in Special Education General Curriculum or Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Any person who has T-4 certification in a teaching field or who has completed a four-year degree program outside the field of teaching and meets the other admission criteria may pursue the master’s-level programs.

The Special Education Program provides professional educators an opportunity to enhance their ability to respond positively, creatively and proactively and develop teaching strategies and curriculum skills to enable students with disabilities to access the standard curriculum and address areas of functional and independent living skills. As the candidates progress through the program they will take away knowledge of research-based best practices in their core content areas, strategies for making data-driven decisions, and skills for improving student achievement through action research.

Program Objectives

Objective 1.

Construct a thorough base in the foundations, principles, ethics, values, and methods of modern general and special education.

Objective 2.

Foster knowledge of pedagogy, enrichment and acceleration, interdisciplinary programming, early childhood intervention, secondary education, transition and rehabilitation, rural and urban education, and technology.

Objective 3.

Incorporates coursework in behavioral disorders), intellectual disability, physical disabilities, and mild disabilities including intellectual disability, management of social and unsocial behavior, communication and language, mobility, mathematics, reading, problem solving, visual skills and visual perceptual processing, and self-regulation.

Objective 4.

Affords candidates with opportunities to participate in action research, experimental design, program evaluation, cultural diversity, and issues of inclusion and least restrictive environment.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the Special Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Special Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test. When students lack a sufficient background in Special Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Special Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the M.Ed. degree program, and they may matriculate in the Special Education program under the same categories of admission.

(Reading endorsement available)

Special Education – General Curriculum

Area A – Nature of the Learner 3 hrs

Area B – Programs and Problems 3 hrs

Area C – Teaching Field 24 hrs

SPED 5512, SPED 5524, SPED 5545, SPED 5563, SPED 5570: (Required)

READ 5555, SPED 5501: (Required unless previously fulfilled)

Area D – Research 3 hrs

Area E – Minimum of 3 semester hours required 3hrs

Special Education – Adapted Curriculum

Area A – Nature of the Learner 3 hrs

Area B – Programs and Problems of the School 3 hrs

Area C – Teaching Field 24 hrs

READ 5555, SPED 5515, SPED 5525, SPED 5563, SPED 5573: Required

SPED 5501: Required unless previously fulfilled.

Area D – Research 3 hrs

Area E – Minimum of 3 semester hours required 3 hrs


Total Credit Hours: 36