For a master’s degree in Special Education

This program is for general education teachers or other certified personnel seeking a master’s degree. Special education certified teachers who do not want to pursue further licensure may also be interested in this degree. Candidates interested in special topics such as gifted education, social-emotional development, or autism will find opportunities to investigate these topics with nationally recognized faculty members in our department.

All students receiving a General Special Education master's degree will be required to fulfill the following requirements.

Degree Requirements

  hours 
CORE SPECIAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
 18
SPED 517 Disability Issues
 4
SPED 526 
 4
SPED 591 (Section A&B) Innovative Project
 6
SPED 524 Supervised Practice in SPED
 4
ADDITIONAL COURSES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
 10
These special education courses are individually determined between the student and advisor. These courses may consist of concentrated areas related to LBS II options or other courses deemed appropriate by the advisor. It is quite likely that students would need courses related to curriculum and teaching methods, especially before the student engages in SPED 524.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 8
4 hours of Educational Psychology and 4 hours of Educational Policy Studies chosen from the following courses are required of all master’s students.
EPSY 400, 401, 402, 485 Educational  Psychology - Psychological Foundations of Learning
 2
EPSY 404, 405, 406, 407, 430 Educational Psychology - Psychological Foundations of Personality and Development
 2
OR EPSY 407 Students planning to work with adults may take EPSY 407 to meet both of the above EPSY Foundation Requirements
OR EPSY 408 EPSY 408 meets 4 hour EPSY Foundation Requirements
 4
EPS 400, 402, 403, 404, 420, 421, 423, 424, 426 Educational Policy Studies - Social Foundations
 2
EPS 401, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414 Educational Policy Studies - Philosophical Foundations
 2

Masters of Science (M.S.)

This option combines a thesis requirement with the master’s of education program requirements. This option is planned in collaboration with the student’s advisor.