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Special Education

The M.Ed. program in Special Education is designed for the advanced preparation of personnel to coordinate programs and manage the learning environments of special-need learners (grades K12). The purpose of the program is to provide foundations in professional education, content areas, research and writing skills, classroom practices, instructional technology; and to extend knowledge and skills in the teaching-learning process to master’s-degree-seeking students. This program offers options in educable mentally disabled, trainable mentally disable, severely/profoundly mentally disabled, learning disabled, and emotionally disabled.


Basic program requirements, in terms of credit hours, are listed below. Credit Hours 12 Total credit hours required 12
I. FOUNDATIONS CORE
ED 500 Introduction to Data Analysis 3
ED 501 Understanding Educational Research 3
ED 545 Learning Theories for Teachers 3


II. PROFESSIONAL CORE
SPED 558 Language Arts for the Exceptional Learner 3
SPED 562 Educational Assessment and Appraisal of the Exceptional Student 3
SPED 564 Behavior Management 3
SPED 550 Nature and Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
ED 530 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY 3
ED 602 RESEARCH PROJECT 3


III. SPECIALIZED OPTION 12
Comprehensive Examinations 0
Total credit hours required 36-42
Available Options


A. Educable Mentally Disabled
SPED 568 Inclusion of the Student with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 561 Nature and Psychology of the student with Mental Disabilities 3
SPED 565 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching the Student with Mental Disabilities 3
SPED 595 Practicum in Instruction for Teaching the Educable Student with Mental Disabilities 3


B. Learning Disabilities
SPED 568 Inclusion of the Student with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 571 Nature of Specific Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 572 Materials and Methods for Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 573 Practicum in Instruction with Learning Disabilities 3


C. Emotional Behavioral Disorders
SPED 563 Parent and Community Participation in the Education of the Student with Disabilities 3
SPED 581 Nature of Students with Emotional Disabilities 3
SPED 582 Educational Strategies for the Student with Emotional Disabilities 3
SPED 583 Practicum in Instruction of the Emotionally Disabled 3
Total credit hours required 12

Approved Electives
ECE 513 Curriculum for Kindergarten Education 3
RED 508 Diagnosis of Correction of Reading Problems 3
SPED 553 Nature and Needs of Gifted/Talented Children and Youths 3
SPED 554 Educational Strategies for Teaching the Gifted and Talented
SPED 555 Classroom Management for Teachers of the Academically Gifted 3
SPED 560 Gifted in Socioeducational Perspectives 3
EDRC 599 Utilization of Community Resources in Rehabilitation 3
SPA 505 Principles of Speech Correction 3
SPED 563 Parent and Community Participation in the Education of the Student with Disabilities 3
SPED 570 Art Education for the Disabled Students 3
SPED 597 Physical Education and Recreation for the Student with Mental Disabilities 3
SPED 699 Special Topics 3
ED 519 Multicultural Education 3