Masters in Education (Special Education)

Masters in Education (Special Education)

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The Special Education concentration is designed to provide educators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with students having mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities. Students in this concentration area spend a significant amount of time in diverse school settings during the day. Special attention is given to differentiating instruction and utilizing research-based practices to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities included in general education classrooms and partnering with parents and other special education professionals to effectively implement academic or behavioral interventions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use assessment strategies to plan ongoing development using evidence-based decision-making to face the challenges of our global society.
  • Be a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally in order to improve their professional setting.
  • Know how others learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning.
  • Provide learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all.

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The M.Ed. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special Education requires 37 credit hours, which includes a 1 credit-hour action research capstone project course. The curriculum includes courses such as Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement, Social and Affective Interventions, Foundations of Special Education, and Educational Leadership. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to design and complete an action research capstone project (with mentoring) relevant to their personal professional development goals.

Program Experiences

Students will have access to graduate student funds to support their action research and professional development experiences.
During content methods courses, students will have the opportunity to be placed in diverse K-12 school settings and complete tasks to connect theory and practice as they develop knowledge and skills for curriculum and instruction.

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