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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education MSD P-12 (Alternative Certification)

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education MSD is a 36 credit hour, synchronous program. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop your knowledge of student characteristics and teaching pedagogy.

As an online student, you will need to access some of your classes at regularly scheduled times via Blackboard's collaborate software.


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Online courses are accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions (from 4:30 to 7 p.m. ET on specific weekdays).

Course Title Credit Hours
Student Characteristics
EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 594 Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability 3
Pedagogy
EDSP 518 Teaching Reading Special Education P-12 3
EDSP 520 Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities 3
EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication 3
EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding 3
EDSP 609 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I 3
EDSP 611 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II 3
EDSP 614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities 3
EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum 3
EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP 647 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities 3
Minimum Total Credits Required 36


Sample Course Descriptions

EDSP 518 Teaching Reading Special Education P-12

Addresses curriculum/ instructional methods in teaching reading to students with disabilities. Prepares candidates in theoretically sound reading instruction, reading processes and how to access, evaluate and respond to students' strengths/needs.


EDSP 520 Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Addresses knowledge and skills needed to conduct assessment procedures, interpret data and use assessment data in educational decision-making for students with moderate/severe disabilities in a legal and ethical manner.


EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children

A survey course designed to acquaint students with all types of exceptional children - physically and mentally handicapped, socially and emotionally disturbed, and the gifted; methods of adapting education to meet the needs of these children.


EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication

This course prepares practitioners to use principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to assess and teach communication skills to individuals with disabilities and develop knowledge of current Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology and assessment procedures.


EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding

Increase understanding of individuals with Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) across the life-span. Characteristics of this population, namely communication, social and behavioral attributes will be examined as they are manifested across all ages in the context of the family and community. Historical, diagnostic, and identification issues will be addressed.


EDSP 594 Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability

This course provides an overview of characteristics associated with intellectual and physical disabilities. Students will learn to establish support systems for addressing the educational and health needs of these learners.


EDSP 609 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I

Design and implementation of curriculum for students with moderate/severe disabilities through individual and group instructional plans using a variety of systematic instruction procedures to teach discrete and chained tasks/behaviors.


EDSP 611 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II

Design and implementation of instruction based on alternate achievement of grade level academic standards that meet the needs of students with moderate/severe disabilities within special education and collaborative classroom settings.


EDSP 614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Addresses the needs of personnel working with secondary special education students making the transition from school to adulthood. Provides information on the basic adult needs of persons with developmental disabilities, an interdisciplinary service model to meet those needs, and systematic planning and coordination of services that are required for persons with disabilities to achieve maximum quality of life.


EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum

A field-based developing-teacher experience that provides active classroom involvement with students diagnosed with moderate, severe, or multiple disabilities while under the supervision of trained educators and University faculty.


EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis

Students explore the principles and procedures in the field of applied behavior analysis. Observational methods, single subject designs, and behavior promotion, reduction, and generalization strategies are reviewed in relation to the needs of students with disabilities. Participants are required to develop individual project proposals that demonstrate their ability to design, implement, and evaluate behavioral programs in an effective and ethically responsive manner.



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