A Master’s in Special Education Program Designed for Graduates With Any Bachelor’s Degree
The Master of Education in Special Education – Moderate to Severe Non-Initial Teaching Licensure (NITL) program is designed for teaching candidates who are seeking to advance their careers with master’s level knowledge on educating students with exceptionalities. Because this program does not lead to teaching licensure, ideal candidates include current educators looking to teach in moderate to severe self-contained settings, para-educators in the field and non-educators who are seeking to work with students with moderate to severe disabilities in K-12 or residential settings that do not require licensure.
Individuals enrolled in the Master of Education in Special Education – Moderate to Severe program will have the opportunity to develop expertise on moderate to severe disability characteristics as well as cultivate skills to support students within this population in all areas of development. The curriculum in this program provides an initial examination of topics related to special education, specifically areas that affect individuals with moderate to severe disabilities, through graduate-level discussions and practical assignments.
Course Topics You Will Study During a Special Education Master’s Degree Program
In your master’s in special education degree program at GCU, you will study various topics that will help you learn to best manage a classroom and help those with moderate to severe disabilities receive a fulfilling education. Some of the specific course topics you will cover include:
- Ethical and legal practices
- Adaptive communication
- Planning for moderate to severe exceptionalities
- Classroom management and behavior
- Functional teaching methods
Benefits of GCU’s Online Programs for Master’s in Special Education
With nearly 90,000 online students in Fall 2021, GCU specializes in online learning and strives to provide you with the quality education needed to get ahead coupled with the flexibility needed to thrive in today’s busy world. Behind GCU’s online degrees is a network of dedicated, experienced faculty, numerous resources and a learning management system that is designed for your success. Online programs are also an affordable option that offer you control over your schedule, helping you achieve balance in your personal and professional life.
What Can I Do With a Master’s in Special Education?
Graduates of the program are prepared to work with individuals with moderate to severe exceptionalities and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various student needs. Graduates of this program are equipped to become a special education teacher in a public, private or charter school that doesn’t require certification. Job possibilities include:
- Education teacher (postsecondary)
- Special education teacher (kindergarten)
- Special education teacher (elementary school)
Non-Licensure Master’s in Special Education Degree Program FAQs
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 Retrieved from Arizona Department of Education, Requirements for the Standard Professional Moderate/Severe Disabilities Certificate – Grade K-12, in August 2022
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