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M.S. in Education: Special Education K-12

Special Educator 1: For those holding a teaching license

40-43 credits, endorsement only

Credit Summary: Special Educator I (for those who hold a current teaching license)

  • Required Core Curriculum (30 credits)
  • Authorization for Elementary or Middle/High School (10 credits); for K-12 {Elem & M/HS} (13 credits)
  • Optional continuation for Master’s Degree (12 credits)
  • Total Authorization for Special Educator I without Master’s Degree (40 or 43 credits)
  • Total Authorization with Master’s Degree (52 or 55 credits)

Common Core (Special Educator I and II): 30 credits

  • SPED 518 Survey of Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 620 Content Reading and Instructional Planning (3 credits)
  • SPED 622 Reading Remediation (3 credits)
  • SPED 623 Behavior Support (3 credits)
  • SPED 625 Assessment for Instruction (3 credits)
  • SPED 628 Mathematics Remediation (3 credits)
  • SPED 634 Medical Aspects & Low Incidence Disabilities Methods (3 credits)
  • SPED 636 Managing Communication Systems (3 credits)
  • SPED 642 Standardized Assessment (3 credits)
  • SPED 646 Law and Special Education (3 credits)

Early Childhood/Elementary Authorization (10 credits)

  • SPED 639 Student Teaching: EC/Elementary Special Educator -or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: FSFE (1 credit)
  • SPED 671 Foundations of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 677 Collaborative Services in EI/ECSE (3 credits)

Middle School/High School Authorization (10 credits)

  • SPED 547 Partnerships in Special Education (3 credits)
  • SPED 639 FSFE: Middle/High School Special Educator -or-SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: FSFE (1 credit)
  • SPED 672 Transition and Self-Determination (3 credits)

Early Childhood/Elementary & Middle/High School (K-12) Authorization (13 credits)

  • SPED 639 Student Teaching: EC/Elementary Special Educator -or- SPED 610 Internship (3 credits)
  • SPED 607 Seminar: FSFE (1 credit)
  • SPED 671 Foundations of Early/Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (1 credit)
  • SPED 677 Collaborative Services in EI/ECSE (3 credits)
  • SPED 672 Transition and Self-Determination (3 credits)

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M.S. in Ed. Special Education