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Master of Science in Education: Special Education

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Master of Science in Education: Special Education

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Program Overview

Drake offers two areas of study in special education at the graduate level: a master's degree and an endorsement-only track.  The programs' coursework prepare educators to teach in a challenging but rewarding field. Special education teachers work individually with students with disabilities to help them grow personally and academically.


Program Requirements

Master of Science in Special Education

The special education programs are designed to prepare highly competent special educators to teach students with mild or moderate disabilities, behavioral disorders or learning disabilities across a variety of school settings. The program accommodates applicants with a variety of backgrounds and interests, and with or without previous special education training. The applicant must currently hold a valid Iowa teacher's license either at the elementary or secondary level, and must meet graduate admission requirements for both the endorsement and Master's of Science in Special Education.

Endorsements

Students have the option of receiving one of four endorsements while working toward their master's degree. Graduate students can also complete an endorsement-only program to obtain additional licensure.

  • Consultant Endorsement
  • Instructional Strategist I (K-8 or 5-12)
  • Instructional Strategist II (K-12)
  • Work Experience Coordinator

 

Instructional Strategist I - Elementary (K-8)

The Instructional Strategist I—Elementary MSE degree or endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers provide instruction to students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-8 instructional settings.

  • M.S.E. hours = 34
  • Endorsement hours = 25-30
Course Credit Hours
SPED 220 - Introduction to Special Education 3
SPED 222 - Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 223 - Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction 3
SPED 251 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation 3
SPED 253 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support 3
EDUC 275 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction I 3
SPED 272 - Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities 3
SPED 275 - Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning 1
Choose one of the following  
SPED 266 - Student Teaching in Special Education, Mild and Moderate Disabilities 4-8
SPED 227 - Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities 3-5
*EDUC 201 - Education Research I 3
*SPED 278 - Consultation and Inservice 3
*SPED 291 - Professional Seminar 1

* Required only for M.S.E.

 

Instructional Strategist I - Secondary (5-12)

The Instructional Strategist I—Secondary MSE degree or endorsement will prepare pre-service or in-service teachers to provide instruction to students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades 5-12 instructional settings.

  • M.S.E. hours = 36
  • Endorsement hours = 27-32
Course Credit Hours
SPED 220 - Introduction to Special Education 3
SPED 222 - Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 223 - Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction 3
SPED 251 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation 3
SPED 253 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support 3
EDUC 275 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction I 3
SPED 272 - Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities 3
SPED 275 - Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning 1
SPED 276 - Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs 2
Choose one of the following  
SPED 268 - Student Teaching in Special Education, Mild and Moderate Disabilities 4-8
SPED 228 - Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities 3-5
*EDUC 201 - Education Research I 3
*SPED 278 - Consultation and Inservice 3
*SPED 291 - Professional Seminar 1

*Required only with M.S.E.

 

Instructional Strategist II - K-12

The Instructional Strategist II M.S.E. degree or endorsement will prepare teachers provide instruction to students with behavior disorders and learning disabilities in K-12 instructional settings. Candidates for this endorsement must already hold a bachelor’s degree in teaching with an endorsement in special education.

  • M.S.E. hours = 39
  • Endorsement hours = 30
Course Credit Hours
SPED 220 - Introduction to Special Education 3
SPED 223 - Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction 3
SPED 225 - Introduction to Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 226 - Evidence-Based Interventions for Students with Learning Disabilities and/or Behavioral Disorders 3
SPED 251 - Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation 3
SPED 253 - Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support 3
EDUC 275 - Literacy Assessment and Instruction I 3
SPED 272 - Schools, Families, Communities, and Disabilities 3
SPED 275 - Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning 1
SPED 276 - Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs 2
SPED 229 - Practicum in Behavioral Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities 3
*EDUC 201 - Education Research I 3
*SPED 278 - Consultation and Inservice 3
*SPED 291 - Professional Seminar 1

* Required only for M.S.E.

 

Consultant in Special Education

The Special Education Consultant endorsement prepares students as specialists for consultant roles at the district, regional or state level.  This program is designed to help future special education consultants understand how to research best practices and to evaluate research-based interventions and procedures with high fidelity.  Must have or be in pursuit of a M.S. in Special Education.

Course Credit Hours
SPED 278 - Consultation and Inservice 3

SPED 221 - Supervision of Instruction for Students with Special Needs

EDL 278 is an approved substitute

3
EDUC 276 - Principles of Program/Curriculum Development 3
Total Hours 9

 

Work Experience Coordinator

The Work Experience Coordinator endorsement program prepares individuals to collaborate with community resources and parents, to build assistance teams, and to provide support service to secondary school programs (5-12).  This endorsement is appropriate for individuals who already hold a secondary special education endorsement, have or are in pursuit of a 5-12 special education endorsement, and who wish to work with older students having disabilities in areas of school to work transition.

Course Credit Hours
SPED 274 - Career/Vocational Assessment 3
SPED 275 - Career and Vocational Planning 1
SPED 276 - Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs 2
Total Hours 6

Admission

  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at soegradadmission@drake.edu or 515-271-2552.
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