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Special Education, MS

Teacher Education

special education

The Graduate Program in Special Education covers the theory and pedagogy of both special education and language minorities.

As part of this program, you will receive training in social and behavior intervention strategies and consultation strategies. You will also train in competencies including: (1) foundations for understanding linguistically and culturally diverse students and exceptional children, (2) first and second language acquisition, (3) cultural variables and their effects on behavior, teaching and learning, (4) second language teaching methodology to develop reading and language skills, and (5) second language teaching methodology to facilitate content area learning and practical problem solving.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of individuals with disabilities
  • Evaluate the needs of individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fostering learning and development for individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of foundations of special education and professional roles and responsibilities of the special education educator
  • Develop a behavior intervention/change plan

The program also focuses on social behavior and strategies for working with antisocial behaviors. You will also learn collaboration and consultation strategies for working effectively with parents and regular education personnel to design, implement, and evaluate educational programs for students with disabilities.

Admission Requirements

You must apply and be admitted as a graduate student in the College of Education. See the Graduate Policies and Regulations and the Graduate Admission page.

Degree Requirements

Visit Course Catalog for a complete list of degree requirements for the Master of Science in Special Education.


Dr. Karen McCaleb, Associate Professor, Special Education