The two Graduate Special Education programs are designed to prepare students with a baccalaureate degree in education for a license in Cross-Categorical (CCSE-middle childhood to adolescence) or Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE- birth to age 8). Both programs are designed to meet state standards and requirements as well as the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. As of this printing the federal government has designated Special Education as an area of “teacher shortage.” This means that at completion of the graduate studies, teachers often qualify for loan reduction or loan cancellation depending on the type of loan they have received and the location of their teaching position. The student may opt to earn licensure only, or may earn the of Master of Science in Education degree with a focus in Special Education by also completing the research component. The Graduate Special Education Programs are fully online. The 800/900 level courses are online courses. Prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Special Education Programs is successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. The CCSE and ECSE licenses are add-on licenses so the student must hold a current teaching license if seeking licensure. Prerequisite for the Master of Science in Education degree only, with no licensure, is successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
Early Childhood Special Education (License #1809)
These are the courses required for the student entering the program with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.
|EDG 515/815||Educ Research Methods||3|
|EDG 595/895||Graduate Capstone Project||3|
|or EDG 590/890||Thesis Completion Seminar|
|EDG 731/931||Eval Tech/Erly Child Spec Educ||3|
|EDG 732/938||Cur & Prog Erly Chld Sp Ed 0-8||3|
|EDG 733/930||Lang Acq&Lit Sp Ed 0-3/PK/Prim||3|
|EDG 735/935||Char & Legal Issues in SPED||3|
|EDG 742/942||Consul,Collabor and Teaming||3|
|EDG 744/944||EC Sp Ed:Studnt Tchng/Sem||1|
|EDG 627/996||Portfolio I||0|
|EDG 628/997||Portfolio II||0|
|EDG 629/998||Portfolio III||0|
|Select eight credits||8|
Total credits for Master's degree and early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license: minimum of 30 Crs.
In addition to the courses above (minus elective course), the following courses are required for students entering the program without a minor in Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.
|EDG 742/919||Consul,Collabor and Teaming||3|
|EDG 784/984||Ed/Behv Manag in Spec Ed||3|
|EDG 787/987||Intervent Strateg in Spec Educ||3|
|EDG 737/937||Lf Span & Dev Chld/Excep Needs||3|
Total credits for a Master's degree and Early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering without a Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license license: minimum of 34 Crs.
NOTE: Cross Categorical and Early Childhood Special Education licensure coursework without a Master's degree is available.
Electives in Special Education
|EDG 768/968||Sign Lang for Spec Educator||3|
|EDG 769/969||Strat Integ Autism Spec Dis||3|
|EDG 637/945||Strat Ed At-Risk Youth||3|
|EDG 740/940||Assist Tech Indiv/Spec Needs||3|
|EDG 723/946||Coll w Fam & Pro Div Soc||3|
|EDG 781/936||Lan/Comm Disorders||3|