Master of Education in Special Education

Special Education

The School of Education offers the Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in special education. The School also offers special education and educational diagnostician certification programs. The Master of Arts degree program is structured primarily as a research-oriented degree with no teacher certification required. The Master of Education degree program is designed to fulfill academic requirements for certification as a special education teacher or as an educational diagnostician.

Admission Requirements

  1. To be admitted to the graduate program in special education, the individual must:
  2. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Complete the Graduate Study Admissions Application form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies Admissions.
  4. Submit official transcripts from the undergraduate institutions attended.
  5. If required, send official scores (obtained within the past five years) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admission is determined based on:

  1. undergraduate GPA and, if necessary, satisfactory scores on the GRE in combination with the undergraduate GPA, and
  2. one or more of the following: a) the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, b) socioeconomic background, c) first generation college graduate, d) multilingual proficiency, e) geographic region of residence, and f) level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities

Certification

Special Education Teacher

Emphasis in special education provides the student with the opportunity to deal with academic and behavioral needs of individuals with disabilities in a full continuum of educational settings. Field experiences are selected to be compatible with the student's particular interests and professional objectives. Certification can be earned by a person who holds a valid teaching certificate in certain fields, has completed 24 semester hours of prescribed course work and who receives a passing score on the appropriate TExES examination. The academic requirements for certification can be completed through a master's degree program.

In addition to Master of Education in Special Education degree requirements, students will be required to complete additional requirements for certification. Included in these requirements will be student teaching or an internship. All individuals seeking initial certification in Texas must pass the appropriate state administered certification test (the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards—the TExES).

Educational Diagnostician

Emphasis in educational diagnosis provides the student with the opportunity to assess the competencies of individuals in language, sociological, physical, and behavioral/emotional areas, intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, and educational performance using informal and formal measures, and prescribe individualized education plans based on test results. The educational diagnostician certificate requires two years of classroom teaching experience, an earned master's degree, and successful completion of the TExES examination for certification.

Master of Education in Special Education with Special Education Certification--Total Semester Credit Hours = 36

Foundation Area:

6

EDUC 5301: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences

EDUC 5356: Education that is Multicultural

Special Education Area:

24

EDSP 5350: Overview of Special Education

EDSP 5360: Seminar-Learning and Neurological Disabilities

EDSP 5363: Behavioral Disorders

EDSP 5364: Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education

EDSP 5368: Educational Strategies in Special Education

EDSP 5370: Learning Theory as Applied to Individuals with Disabilities

Six semester hours selected from EDSP 5352, 5362, 5369, 5375 or 5378 with advisor approval.

Support Area:

6

Six semester hours selected from other graduate special education courses or outside the area of special education with advisor approval.

Master of Education in Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Certification--Total Semester Credit Hours = 36

EDSP 5350: Overview of Special Education

3

EDSP 5352: Infants and Young Children

3

EDSP 5357: Practicum in Special Education

3

EDSP 5362: Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities

3

EDSP 5363: Behavioral Disorders

3

EDSP 5364:Seminar-Assessment and Evaluation

3

EDSP 5365: Developmental Testing

3

EDSP 5366: Seminar-Comprehensive Individual Assess.

3

EDSP 5368: Educational Strategies in Special Education

3

EDSP 5370: Learning Theory as Applied to Individuals with Disabilities

3

EDSP 5378: Admin. and Legal Issues in Special Education

3

PSYC 5366: Assessment of Individual Mental Ability I

3

Substitutions require advisor approval.

*EDUC 5356: Education that is Multicultural. This course is required for certification unless the student has completed its equivalent at the undergraduate level.