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The Department of Teaching and Leadership offers an online Master of Science degree with a major in Special Education Teaching. Within the program, students will select from two different emphasis areas:

  • Adaptive Special Education PreK-12
  • Functional and Adaptive Special Education, K-6, 6-12

Applicants must already have a valid teaching license/certificate to be eligible for admission. This program will result in an endorsement matching the emphasis chosen. All program courses will be delivered online. This is a cohort program and courses are to be taken in the designated sequence. 

Program Sequence


Adaptive/Functional Sp. Ed K-6, 6-12

Fall

SPED 738 Characteristics of Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 745 Behavior Analysis and Management

Spring

SPED 779 Teaching Elementary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
  OR
SPED 780 Teaching Secondary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 761 Practicum 1: Adaptive Learning Needs 

Summer

SPED 822 Seminar in Special Education Law
SPED 750 Assessment in Special Education

Fall

Option I (Thesis Program)
TCHL 891 Methods of Research
TCHL 890 Research and Thesis
  OR
Option II (Non-Thesis Program)
TCHL 891 Methods of Research
SPED 852 Characteristics of Students with Functional Learning Needs

Spring
SPED 779 Teaching Elementary Students with Adaptive
Learning Needs
  OR 
SPED 780 Teaching Secondary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 853 Teaching Students with Functional Learning Needs

Summer
SPED 860 Practicum: Functional Learning Needs
SPED 833 Leadership and Collaboration in Special Education

Adaptive Sp. Ed PreK-12

Fall
SPED 738 Characteristics of Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 745 Behavior Analysis and Management

Spring
SPED 779 Teaching Elementary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
  OR
SPED 780 Teaching Secondary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 761 Practicum 1: Adaptive Learning Needs 

Summer
SPED 822 Seminar in Special Education Law
SPED 750 Assessment in Special Education

Fall
Option I (Thesis Program)
TCHL 891 Methods of Research
TCHL 890 Research and Thesis
  OR
Option II (Non-Thesis Program)
TCHL 891 Methods of Research
SPED 876 Teaching Young Students with Adaptive Learning Needs

Spring
SPED 779 Teaching Elementary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
  OR 
SPED 780 Teaching Secondary Students with Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 864 Practicum II: Adaptive Learning Needs

Summer
SPED 860 Practicum III: Adaptive Learning Needs
SPED 833 Leadership and Collaboration in Special Education