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Master of Science in Special Education

The Master of Science in Special Education is a part-time, two-year program requiring 32–37 credit hours.  Instructional Strategist I program builds skills specifically for educating students with mild to moderate disabilities in grades K-8 or 5-12. Our Instructional Strategist II program provides the approaches needed to assist students with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities in grades K-12.  Students with a bachelor’s degree in teaching may pursue either an MSE or a special education endorsement only. Individuals who transition to the field of education from another degree area may enroll in the MAT or MST programs and obtain their initial teaching license with an endorsement in special education. Required credit hours will therefore vary depending on the applicant’s education and desired emphasis.

Instructional Strategist I—Elementary (K-8)
(Endorsement hours: 25-30; MSE hours: 34)

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. 

SPED 220  Introduction to Special Education
SPED 222  Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 223  Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction
SPED 251  Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
EDUC 275  Literacy Assessment and Instruction I
SPED 272  Schools, Families, Communities and Disabilities
SPED 275  Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 266  Student Teaching in Special Education, Mild and Moderate Disabilities
or
SPED 227  Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 201  Education Research I*
SPED 278  Consultation and Inservice*
SPED 291  Professional Seminar*

*only required with MSE

Instructional Strategist I—Secondary (5-12)
Endorsement hours: 27-32; MSE hours: 36)

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. 

SPED 220  Introduction to Special Education
SPED 222  Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 223  Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction
SPED 251  Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
EDUC 275  Literacy Assessment and Instruction I
SPED 272  Schools, Families, Communities and Disabilities
SPED 275  Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 276  Coordination of Cooperative Occumpational Programs
SPED 268  Student Teaching in Special Education, Mild and Moderate Disabilities
or
SPED 228  Practicum - Mild and Moderate Disabilities
EDUC 201  Education Research I*
SPED 278  Consultation and Inservice*
SPED 291  Professional Seminar*

*only required with MSE

Instructional Strategist II—K–12
(Endorsement hours: 30; MSE hours: 39)

The Instructional Strategist II—MSE 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.

SPED 220  Introduction to Special Education
SPED 223  Learning Environments and Differentiated Instruction
SPED 225  Introduction to Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities
SPED 226  Evidence Based Interventions for Studnets with Learning Disabilities and/or Behavioral Disorders
SPED 251  Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation
SPED 253  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support
EDUC 275  Literach Assessment and Instruction I
SPED 272  School, Families, Communities and Disabilities
SPED 275  Career, Vocational, and Transitional Planning
SPED 276  Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs
SPED 229  Practicum in Bahvioral Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities
EDUC 201  Education Research I*
SPED 278  Consultation and Inservice*
SPED 291  Professional Seminar* 

*only required with MSE

Consultant in Special Education (9 hours

The Special Education Consultant endorsement will prepare you as a specialist for consultant roles at the district, regional or state level. Special Education consultants are increasing in demand as districts and organizations work to administer programs designed for students with various disabilities. 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.

SPED 278  Consultation and Inservice Training
SPED 221  Supervision of Instruction for Students with Special Needs (EDL 278 is an approved substitute)
EDUC 276  Principles of Porgram/Curriculum Development

Work Experience Coordinator (6 hours)

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.

SPED 274  Career/Vocational Assessment
SPED 275  Career and Vocational Planning
SPED 276  Coordination of Cooperative Occupational Programs 

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