For a master’s degree in Research Practice in Special Education

This program is designed for those candidates with an interest in special education research who wish to complete a master’s thesis as part of their graduate studies.

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

Degree Requirements

  hours 
Core Special Education Requirements
 20
SPED 517 Disability Issues in SPED
SPED 526 Collaborative Leaders in SPED
SPED 591 (Section A&B) Innovative Project
 1-8
SPED 524 Supervised Practice in SPED
1-8 
Research Concentration
 12
A concentration of 3 courses in quantitative, qualitative, or evaluation methods. The requirement could be met with a focus in one area or with a combination of methodologies approved by the advisor.
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
OR EPSY 407 Students planning to work with adults may take EPSY 407 to meet both of the above EPSY Foundation Requirements
 4
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
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.