Master of Education in Special Education

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

This 36-hour degree plan is designed for those holding a valid teaching certificate.  The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations. The candidate must successfully complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they take comprehensive examinations.


Admissions

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)
  4. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam
  3. Acceptable writing sample

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.


Degree Requirements

Master of Education in Special Education

Master of Education in Special Education
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (36 credit hours)
Choose all from:
SPED 5301 Education of Individuals with Disabilities 3
SPED 5302 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 6304 In-Home Training and Family Issues 3
SPED 6307 Bahavior Change and System Support 3
SPED 6313 Language and Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 5303 Study of Cognitive and Low Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 5304 Teaching Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 5305 Individual Assessment of Cognitive Functioning 3
SPED 6308 Practicum and Methods in Special Education 3
SPED 6311 Seminar in Special Education 3
SPED 6312 Practicum for Educational Diagnosticians 3
SPED 6320 Assessment and Intervention in Special Education 3
Total 36

Master of Education in Special Education (Bilingual Spanish Degree Plan)

Master of Education in Special Education (Bilingual Spanish Degree Plan)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (36 credit hours)
Choose all from:
BESL 5304 Language Acquisitions and Development for Bilingual and ESL 3
SPED 5301 Education of Individuals with Disabilities 3
SPED 5302 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 6304 In-Home Training and Family Issues 3
SPED 6307 Behavior Change and System Support 3
SPED 5303 Study of Cognitive and Low Incidence Disabilities 3
SPED 5304 Teaching Methods for Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 6308 Practicum and Methods in Special Education 3
SPED 6311 Seminar in Special Education 3
SPED 6312 Practicum for Educational Diagnosticians 3
SPED 6319 Bilingual Cognitive Assessment 3
SPED 6320 Assessment and Intervention in Special Education 3
Total 36

Master of Education in Special Education (Post Master Degree Plan)

Master of Education in Special Education (Post Master Degree Plan)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (36 credit hours)
Choose all from:
SPED 5302 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 6304 In-Home Training and Family Issues 3
SPED 6307 Behavior Change and System Support 3
SPED 5305 Individual Assessment of Cognitive Functioning 3
SPED 6308 Practicum and Methods in Special Education 3
SPED 6311 Seminar in Special Education 3
SPED 6312 Practicum for Educational Diagnosticians 3
SPED 6320 Assessment and Intervention in Special Education 3
Total 36
NOTE: Students with a Master Degree in a related field who compelete the above courses will be eligible to sit for the TExEx Educational Diagnostician Certification Exam.

Courses

Special Education (SPED)


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