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Special Education and Teacher Education Graduate Programs

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Graduate Special Education and Teacher Education Programs

The Department of Special Education offers a Master of Arts in Special Education as well as several Certificate options.

MA in Special Education

Initial Licensure Certificate Programs: Special Education Gifted | Secondary Education

Certificate Programs- Endorsements: Bilingual | Reading | TESOL

Other Certificates: Advanced Placement



Master of Arts in Special Education 

The MA program in Special Education offers two options for degrees:

Core courses  12 credit hours
Research courses  6 credit hours
Emphasis Area  12 credit hours
Field Project/ Thesis/ Comprehensive Exam  6 credit hours
Total  36 credit hours

 


Required for all MA students:

Required courses: 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)

 

Field Project/Thesis/Comprehensive Exam: 6 credit hours Choose ONE of the following:
SPED 697 Field Project (6)  Students must register for field project until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
SPED 699 Thesis (6) Students must register for thesis until complete which may exceed the six credit-hour requirement.
Comprehensive Exam (6) Students must complete six additional credits of approved electives instead of the six hours required for the field project/thesis, and must pass a comprehensive examination over the graduate program.

 


Option 1

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

Option 2 (licensure): Additional required courses 12 credits
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)

 


Gifted and Talented Concentration

Concentration in Gifted and Talented Education (replaces Option 1 or 2): 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)

 



Certificate programs leading to initial licensure

Certificate Program in Special Education Gifted Leading to Licensure

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)

 


Secondary Certificate Program Leading to Licensure

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)

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 contact the School of Education for the licensure requirements from the State Department of Education.

 



Certificate programs for endorsements

Bilingual Education Certificate 

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)

Additional requirements: Passing the Prueba de Español para la Certificación Bilingüe exam or the language proficiency exam in Navajo.


Reading Certificate 

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)

Additional credits in reading may be required depending on the student’s prior coursework in reading, and prior licensure and endorsement history.


TESOL Certificate  

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)

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.

 



Other Certificate Programs

Advanced Placement Certificate

Advanced Placement certificate 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)