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 Special Education


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


Special Education Certificate Leading to Licensure

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

Required Courses: 33-36 credit hours

GNED 201 Introduction to Teaching (3)
SPED 214 Introduction to Special Education (3)
GNED 251 Field-Based 1(1)
GNED 351 Field-Based 2 (2)
GNED 444/544 Technology in Education (3)
GNED 451 Field Based II Teacher Preparation Experience-Secondary (6)
OR
SPED 434/534 Practicum in Special Education (3)
RDED 411/511 Teaching and Diagnosis of Reading (3)
SPED 401/501 Diagnosis of Exceptional Child (3)
SPED 410/510 Curriculum & Methods for Students with Mild & Moderate Exceptionalities (3)
SPED 420/520 Curriculum & Method for Student Severe/Except (3)
SPED 430/530 Reading Instruction in Special Education (3)
SPED 455/555 Classroom Management (3)

Certificate total credit hours required: 33-36 credit hours


This degree is under the Graduate School of Education