Special education teachers are an exceptional group of educators that serve as advocates for social justice and seek to uphold the dignity of all people including those with disabilities. The Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood explores the historical, philosophical and legal foundation of early intervention, the range of services available to young people with disabilities and their families, assessment practices and more. Program curriculum aligns with the Council for Exceptional Children's Advanced Content Standards. It is possible to complete the degree with more than one emphasis, additional or alternative options include:
Students completing this program will not have met the requirements for the preliminary education specialist credential.
Applicants must complete the formal application process and all required documents, which include:
You must satisfactorily fulfilling one of the following admission options:
A 3.0 GPA calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential.
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (MAE/MAT requires 2.75-2.99) calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. In addition, a satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam (GRE, GMAT, CSET, or MAT).
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
A GPA below 2.5, submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the discipline requested.
Core Courses (18 credits)
|EDUU 600||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|EDUU 630||Leadership and Policy in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 631||Program Development and Organization in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 632||Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education||3|
|EDUU 661||Collaborative and Cooperative Teaching||3|
|EDUU 633||Special Education Capstone||3|
Emphasis Area courses (18 credits)
When applying, students must complete all courses under the chosen emphasis.
|Early Childhood Special Education:||EDUU 665, EDUU 666, EDUU 667, EDUU 668, EDUU 669, EDUU 670|
|Total Credits (not including prerequisites)||36|
Demonstration of Mastery
Candidates must successfully complete an action research project in EDUU 633.