Special Education & Literacy

M.S. in Special Education

Teaching students with special needs in elementary school requires dedication and knowledge. The 30-credit Master of Science in Special Education (M.S.Ed.) will prepare you to create effective learning environments for students who face a variety of challenges, including intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, and learning disabilities. These areas of specialization are incorporated into one comprehensive program that covers grades 1 to 6.
You will study classroom management and the diagnosis and correction of learning disabilities. You will learn how to facilitate inclusion, a trend toward keeping special education children in regular classes while also providing additional assistance in that setting. Elective courses include the use of technology in special education, understanding the neurologically impaired child, and the assessment and education of children with autism. Supervised student-teaching opportunities will give you real-world experience with this special population.

The M.S.Ed. in Special Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, signifying that the program of study meets the highest standards of quality in preparing competent, caring and qualified professional educators who will teach and lead in public and private schools.
Candidates must possess initial teaching certification in childhood education. 


Program Goals

The M.S.Ed. in Special Education is dedicated to preparing teachers who are:

  • Knowledgeable, ethical, caring decision-makers for students with special educational needs in the context of diverse and inclusive social groups, communities, families and students.
  • Practitioners who serve children and families with specific educational needs through: assessment and intervention; leadership and collaboration; clinical application, research, and practice.
  • Skilled instructors who plan, implement, and assess instruction in real classroom settings.
  • Proficient in instructional technology including the knowledge of skills, strategies, software and hardware to be used in classroom management and computer-assisted instruction.
  • Knowledgeable in theories of learning and growth, content areas to be taught, and the theories, laws, procedures and programs related to the field of special education.
  • Collaborative and ethical decision-makers.
  • Life-long learners committed to: intellectual growth, inquiry, professionalism, appreciation of diversity, and advocacy for students.


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