Special Education MS/MEd

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education - Option I Thesis  

Characteristics (9 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
Core courses (6 semester hours)
PSY 635School Based Interventions3
SPED 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or PSY 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Methods (9 semester hours)
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
SPED 583Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
or SPED 597 Special Topic
Thesis (9 semester hours)
SPED 605Single Subject Designs3
SPED 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Total Hours36

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education - Option II Non-Thesis

Characteristics (9 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
Core Courses (6 semester hours)
SPED 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or PSY 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 635School Based Interventions3
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Methods (9 semester hours)
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
SPED 583Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
Research (6 semester hours)
SPED 605Single Subject Designs3
SPED 595Research Literature & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Elective
3 semester hours3
Total Hours36

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education w/emphasis in ABA - Option I Thesis

Characteristics (6 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Methods (6 semester hours)
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
or SPED 583 Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
ABA Emphasis courses (21 semester hours)
PSY 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or SPED 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
PSY 512Advanced Technologies in Applied Behavior Analysis3
or SPED 512 Advanced Technologies in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 537Advanced Therapeutic Intervention3
PSY 538Ethics in Clinical Practice3
PSY 672Cultural Iss & Diversity3
PSY 605Single Subject Designs3
or SPED 605 Single Subject Designs
Thesis (6 semester hours)
SPED 518Thesis3-6
Total Hours42

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education w/emphasis in ABA - Option II Non-Thesis

Characteristiccs (6 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Methods (6 semester hours)
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
or SPED 583 Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
Research (3 semester hours)
SPED 595Research Literature & Techniques3
ABA Emphasis Courses (21 semester hours)
PSY 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or SPED 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
PSY 512Advanced Technologies in Applied Behavior Analysis3
or SPED 512 Advanced Technologies in Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 537Advanced Therapeutic Intervention3
PSY 538Ethics in Clinical Practice3
PSY 672Cultural Iss & Diversity3
PSY 605Single Subject Designs3
or SPED 605 Single Subject Designs
Total Hours39

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education - Option II Non-Thesis w/Initial Certification

* Note:  Certification courses (noted with a * below) are set up in a cohort schedule.  There will be a one year admission window in July every year to begin certification courses in the Fall semester.  The content exam must be passed prior to starting the certification section.  Students must also complete the identified five of six courses and 30 hours of Early Field Experience (EFE) prior to student teaching.  Students will take the PPR (pedagogy) exam during the second semester of certification courses.  The final capstone course will be taken when the student enters student teaching (EDCI 515) and it must be taken in the Fall semester. 

Characteristics (9 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
Core courses (9 semester hours)
SPED 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or PSY 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
ECE 561Child Development *3
EDCI 514Mgmt & Curr Dev for Div Lrnrs *3
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Methods (12 semester hours)
EDCI 515 Evidence-Based Teaching for Diverse Populations (student teaching) *3
RDG 516Foundations of Reading *3
EDCI 517Rdg & Lrng in K-12 Cont Area *3
EDCI 519Response to Intervention Applied to Exceptional Learners *3
Research (3 semester hours required)
SPED 595Research Literature & Techniques3
Total Hours36

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education - Option I Thesis 

(Educational Diagnostician professional certification)

Foundations and Professional Role (6 hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
Law (3 hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Assessment and Evaluation (12 hours)
SPED 572Principles of Assessment and Measurement (grade of B or better)3
SPED 573Principles of Cognitive Assessment (grade of B or better)3
or PSY 573 Intellectual Assessment I
SPED 574Principles of Psycho-Educational Assessment (grade of B or better)3
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
Curriculum and Instruction (9 hours)
SPED 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or PSY 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
or SPED 583 Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities
Practicum (3 hours)
SPED 691Educational Diagnostician Practicum3
Thesis (9 hours)
SPED 605Single Subject Designs3
SPED 518Thesis (6 semester hours required)6
Only 6 semester hours of credit for 518 per degree will be given upon satisfactory completion of the requirement
Students must maintain an Overall GPA of 3.5 on ALL coursework in the Diagnostion Certification/Degree Plan
Total Hours42

Master of Education/Master of Science in Special Education - Option II Non-Thesis

(Educational Diagnostician professional certification)

Foundations and Professional Role (6 semester hours)
SPED 524Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 526Characteristics of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
Law (3 semester hours)
SPED 528Special Education Law3
Assessment and Evaluation (12 semester hours)
SPED 572Principles of Assessment and Measurement (grade of B or better)3
SPED 573Principles of Cognitive Assessment (grade of B or better)3
or PSY 573 Intellectual Assessment I
SPED 574Principles of Psycho-Educational Assessment (grade of B or better)3
SPED 540Assessment and Interventions for Social Communication Impairments3
Curriculum and Instruction (9 semester hours)
SPED 535Applied Behavior Analysis3
or PSY 535 Applied Behavior Analysis
SPED 563Secondary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities3
or SPED 583 Elementary Instructional Methods To Support Students with Disabilities
SPED 586Collaboration, Transition, and Diversity3
Practicum (3 semester hours)
SPED 691Educational Diagnostician Practicum3
Research (6 semester hours)
SPED 605Single Subject Designs3
SPED 595Research Literature & Techniques (3 semester hours required)3
Students must maintain an Overall GPA of 3.5 on ALL coursework in the Diagnostion Certification/Degree Plan
Total Hours39

Note:  Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.

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