Offered by: College of Education and Integrative Studies, Education Department
The mission of the MA subplan/option in Special Education is to create educational professionals who integrate research with practice, demonstrate innovative pedagogy, and are leaders in the diverse schools of the 21st century.
Our program is a regional leader in preparing exemplary and passionate special education professionals. We prepare special education professionals to use best practices to teach, support, and advocate for their students with disabilities and their families with excellence, integrity and high expectations.
The master's candidate and assigned advisor complete an M.A. subplan/option in Special Education contract that defines the learning goals to be accomplished during the master's study. The contract must be approved by the department chair and the dean. Courses are selected from eligible Preliminary Credential courses and other M.A. options. Course substitutions may occur for courses no longer offered.
To complete the degree candidates are required to complete the research methods sequence as they develop and finalize their thesis or project. In lieu of the thesis or project, Special Education master's candidates may choose to take a comprehensive exam that assesses their knowledge and skills on the goals defined in the degree contract.