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Master of Education in Special Education Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

This Master of Education in Special Education program is designed for career changers or individuals with a bachelor‛s degree in a field outside of education who are interested in the education of children with special needs in the K-12 setting and also wish to seek initial teaching licensure. Graduates of the master‛s in special education degree program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning needs.

In this master‛s in special education degree program, you will study topics such as: classroom management for students with special needs, structured English immersion, diagnosis and assessment in special education, characteristics of learning disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, characteristics of emotional/behavioral disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, characteristics of intellectual disabilities and strategies to teach individuals with learning disabilities, and educational implications for students with physical and health impairments. The special education degree program concludes with a full-time, 16-week student teaching component that must be completed with a certified special educator.

Teacher candidates must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. The classroom setting must have at least three of the five disability categories represented: emotional disability, learning disability, intellectual disability, physical impairment, and/or health impairment.

Program SOC

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Special Education Teachers, Middle School
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
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