Requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Special Education
Required Courses (36 Credits):
GCSE 607 Family and Professional Collaboration - 3 credits
GCSE 617 Diagnosis and Evaluation of Students with High Incidence Disabilities - 3 credits
GCSE 627 Theory and Practice of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities - 3 credits
GCSE 637 Methods of Instruction and Assessment for Students with Significant and Multiple Disabilities - 3 credits
GCSE 647 Educating Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders - 3 credits
GCSE 657 Technological Applications for Differentiated Instruction - 3 credits
GCSE 667 Advanced Intervention Strategies in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics - 3 credits
GCSE 687 Teaching Students with Autistic Spectrum and Developmental Disorders - 3 credits
GCSE 697 (or elective*) Teaching Culturally Diverse Students with Limited English Proficiencies - 3 credits
GCSE 707 Internship in Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12) - 3 credits
GCED 675 Inclusionary Education - 3 credits
GCED 605 Statistics and Research Design - 3 credits
*Candidates already having a 3-credit English Language Learners undergraduate or graduate course may take an elective.
Traditional Program Format
The Special Education Master’s degree is traditionally designed to be an accelerated 36-credit hours that can be completed in approximately 21 months (12 required courses). The courses are conducted year around allowing students to enter the program each term. Most students take two courses per term one or two evenings per week. At the close of the coursework, students take a comprehensive exam which is offered each term, thus enabling students to graduate year around.
Accelerated Program Format
In response to requests to add a special education certification to their initial certification, the one-year “summer-summer” format was created. To enroll in this 36-credit program, candidates must begin in May and follow the sequence of courses (four courses in summers and three courses fall and spring) until the following August. The courses are held in a “cohort” year-around pattern, including one fall, one spring and two summer sessions. The night courses enable candidates to hold daytime or full-time employment. A comprehensive exam is taken in August.
The Special Education Program offers 14 week courses throughout the school year that meet one evening a week from 6:30-9pm and 7 week courses during the summer semester.