Special Education

The Special Education Program prepares teachers for teaching students in grades K-12 with a wide variety of disabilities. It also prepares for teaching gifted and talented students.

Also available is coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis. Students in the Graduate Certificate programs have supervised clinic opportunities available.

The Special Education Program, part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, prepares teachers to teach in resource rooms, special education classrooms and inclusive class settings.

Here find the Handbook for Graduate Programs, with information about the Master of Education, endorsements and graduate certificates (Google Drive document).

 

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) in Special Education

This is a program to prepare candidates for initial teacher licensure in Special Education. Graduates of the B.S.E. in Special Education will be prepared to teach students with disabilities from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education coursework can be completed entirely online or can include courses from the on campus program. Coursework from both settings is accepted in the M.Ed. program. The M.Ed. in Special Education can have one of several foci.

Graduate Specialization in Transition

The Teaming for Transition program provides educators with the tools to help young adults with disabilities and their families build the bridge between high school and adult life.

Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis offers a coursework sequence that has been pre-approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, as well as the opportunity to enroll in practicums for the completion of supervision hours.

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (AUTS)

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders can be completed using both online and campus-based courses. The online program is designed to meet the needs for those licensed professionals seeking an advanced degree in Special Education with an emphasis in ASD

Endorsements

Endorsement for Dyslexia Therapist

This program is designed to prepare licensed K-12 teachers to master dyslexia therapist standards in foundational concepts, knowledge of the structure of language, interpretation and administration of assessments for planning instruction, structured language teaching, and professionalism.

Endorsement in K-12 Special Education

Courses are offered online for licensed, general instruction K-12 teachers to add the K-12 Special Education endorsement.

Endorsement for Resource Room Teachers

Licensed, general instruction K-12 teachers can complete courses in this graduate-level study plan to earn an endorsement to teach in Resource Rooms.

Endorsement for Gifted Education

The endorsement program in Gifted Education is a 36-credit-hour program to develop competencies expected of teachers working with children and youth identified as gifted and talented.

Endorsement for Educational Examiner

The educational examiner endorsement is a 24-credit-hour program for those students with a teaching license who wish to develop the competencies necessary for educational examiners.