Special Education is an accelerated blended/online program for individuals who want to teach children with special needs in grades K-12 who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This program is designed for non-traditional second career individuals who do not have a teaching license and are seeking initial licensure as an Intervention Specialist. Graduates of this program will have the skills and knowledge to work with children in grades K-12 who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and are in need of special education services.

Program Requirements

Hours: 47

Professional Core - 15 hours

EDU 500 Statistics and Research (3)
EDU 501 Educational Psychology (3)
EDU 604 Integrative Research Project (3)
SED 515 Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)
SED 522 Formal & Informal Assessment for Special Education (3)

Concentration Courses - 32 hours

ECE 552 Math Curriculum and Methods (3)
EDU 504 Proactive Classroom Leadership (3)
EDU 631 Promoting Student Development P-12 and The Effects of Trauma (3)
EDU 644 Graduate Student Teaching (6)
RDG 515 Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction (3)
RDG 530 Phonics/Linguistics (3)
RDG 531 Comprehension Instruction (3)
RDG 535 Assessment and Intervention of Reading (3)
SED 533 I Special Education Practicum Level I (1)
SED 533 II Special Education Practicum Level II (1)
SED 611 Curriculum & Methods for Special Education (3)

Program Outcomes

The outcomes of the Special Education Program are to prepare intervention specialists with the knowledge, skill and dispositions to work in collaborative and consulting roles with general educators and other support personnel in order to provide high quality instruction to children who come from culturally and/or linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and are in need of special education services.  Upon completion of the program, graduates will be proficient in providing culturally responsive teaching practices within the context of special education.