Special Education Track 1 (Graduate)

Master of Education in Special Education Track 1

Department of Teaching and Learning

School of Education


 

The graduate program in special education culminates in the Master of Science Degree in Special Education and leads to initial state certification as a special education generalist. This program is a forty-two (48) credit hours program. Coursework required by the School of Graduate Studies may increase total credit hours.

The program is concentrated in four areas: content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, reflection, and inquiry. It is the intent of this program to produce teachers who understand the purpose of inclusive education as well as the method and strategies of educating students with mild and/or moderate disabilities in the elementary and/or middle grades.

 
Program Standards
& Requirements

Program Standards

This program and its courses are aligned with the standards articulated by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MMTS).

Admission Requirements

In addition to criteria set forth by the School of Graduate Studies, successful completion of Praxis I is required for full admission to Master of Education and Initial Certification in Special Education. Teacher candidates must pass PRAXIS I with the following MSDE’s cut-off scores for Reading 177, Writing 173, and Mathematics 177 or a combined score of 527. To be eligible for the M.Ed, and Initial Certification in Special Education program, each teacher candidate must meet the following:

  • Possess at least a 3.0 G.P.A on the undergraduate transcript of the last 60 undergraduate credits.
  • Provide passing scores on the Praxis examination. The original Educational Testing Service Test Score Report is required.
  • Complete an entrance interview and writing sample successfully.

Prerequisites
6 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 507
3
Tech. of Measurmnt. & Eval. of the Disabled
SPED 587
3
Tchg Exceptional Chldrn. in the Reg. Clssrm.
Education Foundation Courses
6-9 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 537
3
Developmental Bases of Behavior
EDUC 581
3
Stats. in the Soc. and Behavioral Sciences
EDUC 582
3
Rsrch. Methds. in the Soc. and Beh. Sciences
Core Courses
12 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 501
3
Curr. Dvlpmt. for Mildly/Mod. Disabled Learners
SPED 502
3
Lrng. Theory, Child Dvlpmt., & Relevant Rsrch. in Sp. Ed.
SPED 503
3
Diag. Tchg. of Mildly/Mod. Disabled Students
SPED 662
3
Comm. w/ Parents, Schl Personnel, and other Prof. and the Community in the Edu. of Mildly and Mod. Disabled Students in the Elementary/Middle Grades
Methodology
15 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 505
3
Seminar Diag. Tchg. of Mildly/Mod. Disabled Students
SPED 521
3
Tchg Cog., Self-Care, Motor, & Prevocational Skills
SPED 531
3
Tchg. Mild/Mod. Acad. Discr., Language, and Lrng. Dis.
SPED 541
3
Clssrm. Org. & Tchg. Emtnl. Skills to Mildly/Mod. Disabled
Clinical Experiences
6 credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SPED 655
3
Supervised Practicum I -- Elementary Grades
SPED 656
3
Supervised Practicum II -- Middle Grades