Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education - Curriculum

Special education has the following master of education concentrations:
1. Initial license
2. Professional license (with optional applied behavior analysis concentration)

INITIAL LICENSURE

Our courses prepare you to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities in a variety of settings. The MEd initial licensure program is 39 credits; the initial licensure only program is 30 credits. 

Plan of Study

Accepted students must complete a Plan of Study when admitted and follow it, as some courses must be taken in sequence. Although most courses are offered every semester and several are offered online, it is still required that you make and follow a plan of study. 

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive exams must be passed to earn your degree. Comprehensive exams are offered each semester, and you are eligible to take them once 24 credits are earned. 

Pre-Practicum and Practicum

The pre-practicum and practicum are important components of the initial licensure program. You must complete 80 hours of pre-practicum experiences, working with different populations of students with disabilities and at different grade levels. These experiences must be varied and follow the guidelines established in courses. 

Practicum/student teaching occurs during the fall or spring semesters; it is never approved for the summer. Also, a special education seminar must accompany the practicum.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Please note that this option requires applicants to have an initial license in special education. Our courses prepare you to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities in a variety of settings. 

Plan of Study

Accepted students must complete a Plan of Study when admitted and follow it, as some courses must be taken in sequence. 

Comprehensive Exams

Comprehensive exams must be passed to earn your degree. Comprehensive exams are offered each semester, and you are eligible to take them once 24 credits are earned.

Clinical Experience

In the clinical experience, students have the opportunity to document advanced teaching skills in a professional portfolio. Four hundred hours of supervised fieldwork are required. Students also participate in a clinical seminar.

Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Students matriculated in the MEd in special education professional licensure program may use the courses in the Advanced Graduate Study in Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate program as content electives, creating a concentration in Autism spectrum disorders.