Master of Science in Special Education (without certification)

The Masters of Education in Special Education without certification requires 36 hours of coursework aimed at preparing educators and practitioners in the foundations of Special Education without state teaching certification. 

Learning Goals and Objectives

Objective 1.1: The student will be able to identify individual differences and to respond to the needs of individuals with exceptionalities.

Objective 1.2: The student will be able to use general and specialized content knowledge for teaching across curricular content areas to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.

Objective 2.1: The student will demonstrate the ability to use motivational and instructional interventions to teach individuals with exceptionalities how to adapt to different environments.

Objective 2.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of ways to collaborate with general educators and other colleagues to create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments to engage individuals with exceptionalities in meaningful learning activities and social interactions.

Objective 3.1: The student will be able to select and use technically sound formal and informal assessments that minimize bias.

Objective 3.2: The student will assess performance and provide feedback.

Objective 4.1: The student will be able to identify an individual’s abilities, interests, learning environments, and cultural and linguistic factors in the selection, development, and adaptation of learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.

Objective 4.2: The student will be able to use strategies and technology to enhance language development and communication skills of individuals with exceptionalities.

Objective 5.1: The student will demonstrate an understanding that diversity is a part of families, cultures, and schools, and that complex human issues can interact with the delivery of special education services.

Objective 5.2: The student will demonstrate the ability to develop a variety of education and transition plans for individual with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and different learning experiences in collaboration with individuals, families and teams

The course of study consists of: 

Core Requirements
SPE 630Design&Tech Differentiated Ins3
SPE 700SpecialEducation Law/Policy3
SPE 701Cog Proc: Resrch Brain Studies3
SPE 702Culturally Responsive Teaching3
Choose 8 electives as approved bby the graduate director or advisor. These can be drawn from Special Education courses including those leading to:
Autism Endorsement
Intro ASD: Caus Diag & Advoc
and FE Intro to ASD
Aug & Alt Com & Soc Stratg
and FE Aug & Alt Com & Soc Stratg
Evid Based Prac: AI&I Method
and FE Evid Based Prac AI&I Method
Autism: Behv Manag Approaches
and FE Aut: Behv Manag Approaches
Wilson Reading Certificate
WRP: Intro Multisens Lang Inst
WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 1-3
WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdr 4-6
WRP: Int Instr- NonRepsRdrPrac
Applied Behavioral Analysis Concentration
Basic Prin. of Behavr Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis
Behavior Analysis: Consult
Behavioral Development
Clinical Behavior Analysis
Ethics in Behavior Analysis