Curriculum

The 30-credit master of science in special education prepares working professionals with a deeper understanding of the impact of various disabilities on a child's life. Using the lens of the law in concert with parent advocacy and landmark litigation, we reflect on the history of special education. We understand the arduous journey from institutions to classrooms, from isolation to inclusion continues to this day. You will be part of a cohort taking courses in each of the areas identified under IDEA. Coursework consists of 27 credits of core requirements and is rounded out with a 3-credit capstone that allows you to compile a research proposal in a special education area of your choice.

Foundation Coursework (18 credits):
Course Title Credits
SPED 545 Introduction to the Exceptional Child 4
SPED 565 Specific Learning Disabilities: Identification, Instruction and Assessment (LD) 4
SPED 566 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 4
SPED 571 Emotional and Behavioral Disorder Identification, Management, and Assessment (EBD) 3
SPED 574 Understanding and Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) 3
Required Courses (9 credits):
SPED 568 Assessment/Program Planning and Evaluation for Children with Special Needs 3
SPED 570 Special Education Law 3
SPED 573 Reading Disorders: Assessment, Planning, and Instruction 3
Capstone Project for Students Seeking MS Only (3 credits):
SPED 581 Research in Special Education 3
  Total credits for MS in Special Education 30
Optional Elective Coursework (Available by request):
SPED 572 Educating Young Children with Special Needs 3
SPED 575 Working with Gifted and Talented Students 3
SPED/IDN 576 Designing & Utilizing Assistive Learning Technologies 3

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.