The M.Ed. in special education offers a program of study for individuals who already hold a professional teaching license or those wishing to work with individuals with exceptionalities in areas other than teaching. Candidates will be prepared for advanced positions in Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities, such as school-based department chair, program specialist, RTI specialist, behavior specialist or instructional coach. Candidates may choose to pursue an add-on certificate in autism.
The M.Ed. is a minimum 30-credit hour program. The M.Ed. includes field experiences integrated into courses, which may occur as a formal placement by the university or as a result of supervised employment. All candidates complete a final portfolio or an action research project, which serves as their comprehensive assessment.
2 The number of elective credits is determined based on the student’s selected concentration and professional interests. Acceptable courses are determined by the individual needs of the candidate and upon approval of the adviser.