Master of Education in Special Education

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
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Program Information

The goal of the program is to offer a Master's degree that will advance one’s knowledge and further expertise in a specialty area. Through this program students will increase their understanding of individuals with Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) across the lifespan. They will learn to use alternative communication systems to address the needs of persons with Autism/PDD.


This degree is designed for master's degree candidates who may be advancing their current teaching certification or whose goals are in the area of early childhood/special education, specifically comprehensive-care centers, institutions, hospitals, clinics, day care centers, preschools, and community programs.

Admission Requirements/Entry Assessment: Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution; two letters of recommendation; minimum combined score of 800 on the GRE; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required of all international students from countries in which English is not the native language; and 2.75 cumulative GPA; personal statement (Ideas to Action Unit Dispositions Rubric and Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric completed by Special Education Screening Committee using personal statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines; and background check as required by work setting.

Inquiry (Critical Thinker)  (6 hours)
EDSP 540  Introduction to Exceptional Children3
EDSP 644  Applied Behavior Analysis3
Advocacy (Professional Leader)  (6 hours)
EDSP 652  Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention3
EDSP 627  Applications in Assistive Technology3
Action (Problem Solving) (3 hours)
EDSP 639  Education Research in P-12 Settings3

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date.

Area of Emphasis in Special Education: (At least 15 hours)15
Minimum total hours:30

Exit Assessment:  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".

Advanced courses9
Related Electives9
Exit Requirement:

EDSP 639 Research Analysis in Special Education

Minimum total hours33


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

Timothy Landrum

Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo
Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor