Mission Statement

Graduate Commencement and Hooding Ceremony

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