Degree Requirements

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The Master of Education in Special Education degree program is offered to those who have come to teaching through a variety of paths both traditional and alternative, including those who are thinking about becoming teachers in the future.

The following courses make up the 30 credit hours required for the degree.

Core Courses:  Early Childhood and K12--12 required credits

  • SPED 600 Introduction to Graduate Research  (3 credits)
  • SPED 621 Collaboration with Families and Professionals in SPED  (3 credits)
  • SPED 622 SPED Law and Leadership  (3 credits)
  • SPED 695 Research Synthesis Project  (3 credits)

Specialization Courses:  Early Childhood--15 required credits

  • SPED 630 Development in Early Childhood  (3 credits)
  • SPED 631 Introduction to Early Childhood Supports and Services  (3 credits)
  • SPED 632 Methods in Early Childhood SPED  (3 credits)
  • SPED 633 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood SPED  (3 credits)
  • SPED 6165 Challenging Behavior in Young Children  (3 credits)

Specialization Courses:  K-12--12 required credits

  • SPED 640 Classroom and Behavior Managament  (3 credits)
  • SPED 641 Assessment in SPED  (3 credits)
  • SPED 642 Methods for Working with Students with Disabilities  (3 credits)
  • SPED 6162 The Essentials of Transition for Students with Disabilities  (3 credits)

Elective Courses:  ECSE majors select one course (3 credit hours) and K12 majors select two courses (6 credit hours) from the list below:

  • SPED 6160 Inclusionary Practices in Education  (3 credits)
  • SPED 6161 The Principles of Co-Teaching  (3 credits)
  • SPED 6163 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Teaching and Learning  (3 credits)
  • SPED 6164 The Fundamentals of Using Universal Design for Learning  (3 credits)