What Is A Licensure Master’s In Special Education (MEd)?
The Master of Education in Special Education – Moderate to Severe is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree who are interested in the education of K-12 children with moderate to severe special needs. This program prepares candidates seeking initial teaching licensure in the special education area of moderate to severe. Teacher candidates study topics ranging from ethical and legal practices to diagnosis and assessment in special education. In addition to taking 47 credits, students in this program must complete a full-time, 15-week student teaching component with a certified special educator.
Online & On-Campus Special Education Degree at GCU
This initial special education licensure program is offered in person and online. The Master of Education in Special Education – Moderate to Severe Initial Teaching Licensure (ITL) program is uniquely tailored to equip candidates for success in serving students with moderate to severe special needs. The program includes rigorous curriculum, relevant courses and highly trained faculty to support the graduate journey.
Grand Canyon University cares about promoting the well-being of students at a large scale, including academic, spiritual and vocational growth. For this reason, academics are supported by our Christian worldview and strong academic heritage. GCU also sees the benefit of achieving a balanced lifestyle. The online and on-campus Master's in Special Education – Moderate to Severe program creates room for both academic excellence and personal flexibility to suit your individualized needs.
What Will You Learn?
Teacher candidates study topics including:
- Characteristics of intellectual disabilities and other physical health impairments.
- Ethical and legal practices.
- Developmentally appropriate teaching skills.
- Instructional planning.
- Collaboration strategies.
- Diagnosis and assessment in special education.
- Communication and behavior strategies.
- Classroom management methods.
Student Teaching Requirements:
The special education degree program concludes with a full-time, 15-week student teaching component that must be completed with a certified special educator. Teacher candidates are expected to have access to K-12 settings with moderate to severe special education students in order to complete the 103 hours of practicum/field experience requirements.
What Can I Do With a Master’s in Special Education: Licensure?
Graduates seeking licensure by completing the Master's in Special Education – Moderate to Severe program are equipped to work with those with moderate to severe special needs and create individualized education plans to meet individual student needs. Graduates can pursue employment as a special education teacher in a public, charter or private school, a teacher in a hospital or a residential service provider. Visit our admissions page for more information on GCU’s admission requirements.
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