Teaching & Learning


MSED Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12

The M.S. Ed. in Students with Disabilities Generalist (7-12) prepares candidates to become knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teachers of special education student who are in the seventh through twelfth grades.  This 30-credit degree prepares teacher candidates to create effective learning environments for students with a variety of disabilities and challenges.  In this program, teacher candidates will learn various strategies and methodologies designed to implement Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with special needs, both in inclusion and self-contained classrooms.  course content will focus on the thirteen disability classifications as determined by Federal and State legislation.  A minimum of 50 hours of field experiences, supervised student-teaching, and practical opportunities will give teacher candidates real-world experience with these populations.

In pursuing this degree, candidates will examine theories of adolescent development, motivation, and learning for students ranging in age from 7th to 12 grade.  They will master the skills needed to encourage students with special needs to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another.  They will also acquire techniques to assess and evaluate an adolescent's academic and social development and learn principles of classroom management for a diverse student population.  The program culminates in a semester-long practicum experience that will allow candidates to practice their new skills in special education classroom settings.


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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