Special Education (M.ed) CSU Academic Programs

The Master of Education in Special Education is a standards-based professional degree which is strongly oriented towards preparing individuals to serve students enrolled in elementary and/or middle grades (K-8) who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate exceptionalities and their families through understanding direct experiences in schools with diverse population. Course work in the various academic program tracks is designed to emphasize critical thinking, breadth and depth of theoretical methods of inquiry in education and ample academic opportunities that lead to scholarly production. The curriculum meets the standards for special education dictated by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council for Exceptional Children and Maryland State Department of Education for certification. All graduate special education courses are offered in the evening. 

The Department of Special Education currently offers two academic program tracks that lead to the Master of Education in Special Education Degree and two academic specialization programs for students interested in specializing in Adapted Physical Education or Certification only. 

TRACK 2: Teaching the Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades

Advanced Program

This track applies to persons holding a baccalaureate degree in special education and are presently certified in special education who wish to earn the Master of Education in Special Education. Teachers holding certification in areas from regular education and other fields must select Track I. Students must present evidence of certification in special education at the time of admission.

This Advanced Program in Special Education is designed to assist teachers in their continued professional development as they increase their knowledge base and progress in their competencies.

Requirements for Admission to Track 2

Students apply to the Coppin State University School of Graduate Studies through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission decisions are made by the Dean of the Graduate Division in cooperation with chairpersons of the academic departments. These persons constitute the Graduate Admission Committee.

In addition to the official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference, the Department of Special Education requires that all applicants selecting admission to Track 2 must have passed PRAXIS I (Academic Skills Assessments) with the following MSDE cut-off scores: Reading 177, Writing 173, and Mathematics 177, or a composite score of 527.

Applicants with a cGPA below 2.5 will not be admitted. Applicants with a cGPA below 3.0 (2.5- 2.99) will be denied admission initially. However, these applicants may reapply after the completion of nine (9) graduate credit hours with a minimum cGPA of 3.0. Applicants must have passed PRAXIS I and II before admission to the Department of Special Education is granted. 

M.Ed. Requirements for Track 2 Credits (33-36 Total Credit Hours)

Educational Foundations Area (9 Credit Hours)

 EDUC 537 Development Bases of Behavior (Fall/Spring/Summer)  3
 EDUC 581 Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Fall/Spring/Summer)  3

Students who have not had a statistics course at the undergraduate or graduate levels must enroll in this course. EDUC 581 is a prerequisite to EDUC 582: Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, EDUC 583: Master’s Thesis I, and EDUC 584: Master’s Thesis II

 EDUC 582 Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Fall/Spring)  3

Special Education Core Area (15 Credit Hours)

 SPED 706 Theoretical Models and Supervisory and Instructional Practices in Special Education (Spring/Summer)  3
 SPED 519 Techniques of Behavior Modification (Spring/Summer)  3
 SPED 662 Communicating with Parents, School Personnel and Other Professionals, and the Community in the Education of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities in the Elementary/Middle Grades (Fall/Summer)  3
 SPED 714 Seminar in Assessment (Fall/Summer)  3
 SPED 715 Curriculum Design and Teaching Functional Living Skills (Fall/Summer)  3
 SPED 716 Classroom Organization and Management (Fall/Summer)   3

Clinical Experiences (3 Credit Hours)

All students must enroll in the following course. Please confer with your Advisor before registering for the following course.

 SPED 504 Internship in Special Education (Summer)  3

Capstone Courses (6 Credit Hours)

These courses should be taken during the last nine (9) credit hours of graduate studies:

 EDUC 583 Master’s Thesis I 3 (Fall/Spring/Summer)  3
 EDUC 584 Master’s Thesis II (Optional) (Fall/Spring/Summer)  3