The Department of Exceptional Education offers two options for a program of study at the master's level: a Certification Option or a General Option. (Masters Information Packet)
Certification Option:Student who are interested in earning certification and licensure as a special education teacher as part of a Masters Degree must first apply directly to the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program in Exceptional Education. Directions for Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
After you are admitted to one of the certification programs...
- Early Childhood
- Middle Childhood- Early Adolescence
- Early Adolescence - Adolescence
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
If you have questions regarding the certification areas please contact the appropriate Exceptional Education Department advisor.
General Option:Student enroll in 15 credits of core requirements and 15 credits that reflect a focus area of study. Working in consultation with an advisor and a Faculty advisor, a themed focus area of study is selected based upon the student's educational background, areas of professional interest, and professional development goals.
- Assistive Technology
- Transition from School to Life
- Literacy and Learning Disabilities
- Multicultural Special Education
- Students with Significant Disabilities (Cognitive Disabilities & Autism or Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities)
- Early Intervention/Early Childhood
- Early Intervention/Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Teacher as Leader
Both Options (Certification and General):Students are required to complete 30 credits (15 core studies and 15 either certification or focus area). Core studies include courses include:
- EXCEDUC 715 Issues and Trends (3cr)
- EXCEDUC 815 Capstone Seminar in Special Education (3cr)
- EXCEDUC 970 Research course (3cr)
- EXCEDUC 990 thesis/Research course (3cr)
- Course options for advanced issues or methods in special education (3cr)