Augustana University seeks to prepare graduates of the Master of Education in Special Education program to become well-prepared teachers and leaders competent to support children and youth with disabilities in educational settings.
The program provides in-depth knowledge within the K-12 specialization area, as well as application of research to educational practice.
The core course studies component of the SPED master’s degree program enables students to interface a liberal arts perspective with rigorous, professional education training.
Overarching Program Goals
The Master of Education in Special Education program candidates will:
- Assume the role of teacher-scholar
- Exhibit strong communication skills-Including writing with a variety of purposes/audiences in mind
- Demonstrate reflective, professional dispositions in both work and interactions
Master of Education in Special Education Outcomes:
- Apply legal and ethical standards related to the education of children and youth with disabilities
- Use evidence-based, research-grounded interventions to the support learning and behavior of children and youth with disabilities
- Develop and apply instructional practices based on knowledge of children and youth with disabilities, their families, communities, and curricular standards
- Assess the development and learning of children and youth with disabilities, and use that information to direct and monitor the effectiveness of interventions
- Develop skills for supporting collaboration with families, including skills needed to effectively collaborate with others to accomplish this
- Analyze, synthesize, and apply research to inform professional practice
- Demonstrate ability in scholarly writing