2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Special Education, M.Ed.

The mission of the special education master's degree program is to prepare educators who understand and implement researched-based practices, serve as instructional leaders, and advocate for students with disabilities and their families.

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a 36 hour program designed for students who are certified in elementary, middle school, secondary school special education or who have extensive experience in a related field. The traditional program addresses K-12 special education, focusing on evidenced-based instructional practices and research methodology related to students with high-incidence disabilities such as learning or behavioral disabilities. In the second M.Ed. option, Special Education M.Ed. with Educational Diagnostician Certification, students learn evidence-based instructional practices and research methodologies, as well as become certified Educational Diagnosticians through the state of Texas. Students may choose either option in pursuit of a Special Education M.Ed.

Upon acceptance into the graduate program in special education, students must meet with a special education adviser. It is essential that students work closely with an adviser at the time of program admittance through completion.
The M.Ed. in special education does not lead to initial teacher certification.

There are two options for earning a Special Education master’s degree:
• Special Education (36 credit hours)
• Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification (36 credits)

The traditional Master of Special Education (M.Ed.) is a 36 credit hour program that provides a solid knowledge base and background in the theoretical and practical aspects of the field of special education. The traditional degree plan is outlined below.

Required Courses for the Traditional Master's Option

Core requirements (24 hours)

EDSP 50013Literacy Methods in Special Education

3

EDSP 50273Technology for Diverse Learners

3

EDSP 50663Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom

3

EDSP 60233Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk

3

EDSP 60313Critical Issues in Special Education

3

EDSP 60433Planning and Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

3

EDUC 60313Educational Assessment

3

EDSP 60513Practicum in Special Education

3

Research Requirements (12 hours)

EDUC 70953Research in Education

3

EDSP 70003Single Subject Research Design

3

EDUC 60043Action Research

3

EDSP 70903Treatise in Special Education

The Master of Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification (M.Ed.) is a 36 credit hour program that provides a solid knowledge base related to the field of special education along with a certification as an Educational Diagnostician. This degree plan is outlined below.

Required Courses for Master's of Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification

Core requirements (12 hours)

EDSP 50013Literacy Methods in Special Education

3

EDSP 50663Motivating and Managing Students in the Classroom

3

EDSP 60233Understanding Exceptional Children and Youth At-Risk

3

EDSP 60513Practicum in Special Education

3

Diagnostician Certification Requirements (15 hours)

EDSP 60333Academic Achievement and Evaluation

3

EDSP 60313Critical Issues in Special Education

3

EDSP 60433Planning and Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms

3

EDSP 60533Culturally Responsive and Language Based Assessment

3

EDSP 60723Cognitive Assessment and Adaptive Behavior

3

Research Requirements (9 hours)

EDUC 70953Research in Education

3

EDSP 70003Single Subject Research Design

3

EDSP 70903Treatise in Special Education