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 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; recommended minimum score of 147 Verbal and 142 Quantitative 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.


Course #   DescriptionCredit Hours
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

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Erick Dubuque
Assistant Professor

Jessica Hardy

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum


Amy Lingo


Robert Pennington

Associate Professor

Terry Scott


Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor