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MA Special Education

Faculty | Special Education | Special Education Licensure

Special Education MA degrees and licensure programs are offered at four NMHU sites.  Those sites are the main campus in Las Vegas, New Mexico; the Rio Rancho Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; the San Juan Center in Farmington, New Mexico;  and the Santa Fe Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  All sites follow the same Program of Study and offer courses in the same sequence.

 

Special Education Programs

Master of Arts in Special Education 

This program is structured around three components: required core, emphasis area, and research methodology.
Required core: 12 credit hours 
SPED 501 Diagnosis of Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 5/650 Seminar in Special Education (3)
SPED 612 The Special Education Program (3)
SPED 675 Organization & Administration of Special Education (3)
Research Methodology: 6 credit hours:
GNED 605 Statistics for Educators (3)
GNED 610 Educational Research Interpretation (3)
Emphasis Area (choose option1 or 2): 12 credit hours 

Option 1 (Non-Licensure): 
Choose twelve credits from the following list or from additional courses approved by the program adviser:
ANTH 524 Social & Cultural Dynamics of the Southwest (3)
ANTH 561 Communication & Culture (3)
PHIL 525 Reasoning Skills for the Schools (3)
PSY 510 Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY 519 Introduction to Behavioral Therapy (3)
PSY 522 Human Sexuality (3)
PSY 530 Psychology of Sex Roles (3)
PSY 545 Behavior Disorders in Child (2)
PSY 573 Psychology of Suicide (3)
PSY 605 Memory & Cognition (3)
PSY 671 Psychodynamics & Psychopathology (3)
PSY 674 Individual Intelligence Test (3)
PSY 675 Personality Assessment (3)
PSY 679 Behavioral Therapy & Assessment (3)
SPED 672 Counseling Parents of Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 673 Medical Aspects of Disability (3)
SPED 674 Psycho-cultural/Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3)

Option 2 (licensure): Students seeking special education licensure as part of the MA program are expected to complete the following 12 credit sequence:
RDED 511 Teaching and Diagnosis of Reading (3)
SPED 510 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild & Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 520 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Severe Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 530 Reading Instruction in Special Education (3)
Field Project/Thesis/Comprehensive Exam: 6 credit hours
SPED 697 Field Project (6)
OR
SPED 699 Thesis (6)*
*Students must register for thesis until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
OR
Comprehensive Exam (6)*
*Comprehensive exam option: Students must complete six more credits of approved electives. In addition, the students must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program. This examination may not be taken until after midterms in the last semester of coursework.
Program Total: 36 credit hours 

Concentration in Gifted and Talented Education 
Required courses (replaces option 1 or 2, above): 12 credit hours 
SPED 512 Foundations of Gifted Education (3)
SPED 514 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education (3)
SPED 516 Instructional Planning & Curriculum Gifted Ed (3)
SPED 518 Twice Exceptional & Gifted Student (3)
Concentration Total: 12 credit hours
Program Total: 36 credit hours 

Certificate Program in Special Education Gifted Leading to Licensure 
Please contact the School of Education for the licensure requirements from the State Department of Education.
Required Courses: 39 credit hours 
GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3) or its equivalent
GNED 251 Field-Based 1(1) or its equivalent
GNED 352 Field-Based 2 (2) or its equivalent
RDED 511 Teaching and Diagnosis of Reading (3)
SPED 451 Field-Based 3 Special Education (6) or its equivalent
SPED 501 Diagnosis of Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 512 Foundations of Gifted Education (3)
SPED 514 Instructional Strategies for Gifted Education (3)
SPED 516 Instructional Planning & Curriculum Gifted Ed (3)
SPED 518 Twice Exceptional & Gifted Student (3)
SPED 520 Curriculum & Method for Student Severe/Except (3)
SPED 530 Reading Instruction in Special Education (3)
SPED 555 Classroom Management (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 39 credit hours 

Additional Certificates 

Advanced Placement Certificate 
AP-New Mexico was developed at NMHU in 1993 to encourage and support teachers and schools in New Mexico to expand Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings for New Mexico secondary students. AP-New Mexico coordinates Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI), which are professional development events of no less than four days with no fewer than 30 instructional hours, The institutes bring together teachers to discuss course-specific content, instructional strategies, course organization and methods for increasing student participation in courses that help them acquire the skills and habits they will need to be successful in college.
Advanced Placement Teaching is for teachers who wish to increase or develop their knowledge of the total AP Program and enhance or implement an AP or pre-AP program in their school.
Required courses: 12 credit hours
GNED 630 Advanced Placement Institute (3)
GNED 640 Curriculum Design & Management for Advanced Placement (3)
GNED 650 Foundations of the Advanced Placement Program, Leadership Approaches, & Vertical Teaming (3)
GNED 652 Advanced Placement (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours 

Bilingual Education Certificate 
Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to a bilingual education endorsement must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements. These include completion of a bachelor’s degree in education and a New Mexico teaching license. It is important to note that the bilingual endorsement further requires passing the Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe exam or the language proficiency exam in Navajo. Those interested in other New Mexico pueblo languages must consult with their specific tribe. It is critical to consult carefully with the Licensure Unit at the NMPED regarding these language matters.
Required courses: 12 credit hours
GNED 512 Theories and Principles of Bilingual Education (3)
GNED 537 Instructional Methods for the Bilingual Classroom (3) (SPAN 300 prerequisite)
RDED 516 Reading in the Bilingual Classroom/La Enseñanza de Lectura en el Salón Bilingüe
OR
RDED 545 Literatura infantile y juvenile (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours 

Reading Certificate 
Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to reading endorsement must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of reading courses at the graduate level. Additional credits in reading may be required depending on the student’s prior coursework in reading, and prior licensure and endorsement history. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements.
Required courses: 12 credit hours
RDED 511 Teaching Reading and Diagnosis (3)
RDED 526 Reading & Literature for Children & Young Adults (3)
OR
RDED 545 Literatura infantile y juvenile (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
RDED 540 Integrating Technology into Language Arts Curriculum (3)
OR
RDED 542 Literacy and Technology (3)
Certificate Total: 12 credit hours 

Secondary Certificate Program Leading to Licensure 
Prospective teachers holding a bachelor’s degree may complete the secondary certificate program in order to obtain a secondary license in New Mexico. In addition to completing coursework listed on the framework, candidates must have 24 credits, including 12 upper division, in a content area taught in the public schools. Please see attached framework.
Required Courses: 28 credit hours
GNED 251 Field-Based 1 Teacher Preparation Experience (1)
GNED 351 Field-Based 2 Teacher Preparation Experience (2)
GNED 302 Educational Psychology (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
GNED 510 The Art and Science of Teaching (3)
GNED 544 Computer Application in Education (3)
GNED 545 Knowledge of the Profession (3)
GNED 451 Field-Based 3 Teacher Prep Experience (6)
GNED 555 Classroom Management (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 28 credit hours 

TESOL Certificate  
Post baccalaureate students seeking a certificate leading to an endorsement in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. All endorsements are awarded by the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and are subject to NMPED guidelines and requirements. These include completion of a bachelor’s degree in education and a NM teaching license. It is important to note that the TESOL endorsement further requires a minimum of six credits in another language or passing the Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe exam. In addition to coursework, the NMPED requires passing the NMTA’s TESOL content examination.
Required courses: 12 credit hours
ELEM 517 English as a Second Language (3)
GNED 520 Sheltered English (3)
RDED 527 Reading in the Content Area (3)
RDED 520 Literacy for English Language Learners (3)
Certificate total credit hours required: 12 credit hours