Special Education MEd, Autism and Developmental Disabilities Emphasis

The M. Ed. Program in Special Education explores important core knowledge in Special Education. The program's primary goal is to empower professionals as thoughtful educators who use best practices when assisting and empowering students with disabilities. Research and data-based decision-making are emphasized throughout the program. Graduate students will apply learned and evaluated research into practice in their courses, and learn to analyze multiple types of assessment data. The M.Ed. Program in Special Education consists of an initial required core of courses, a concentration area corresponding to the chosen emphasis area, and a capstone or exit course block.

When graduate students are accepted into the program, their transcripts may be reviewed, as necessary,  to identify compliance with state education certification guidelines. Students who wish to be certified in the education of children with cross-categorical disabilities will be required to fulfill general certification requirements, as well as graduate coursework. Upon completion of this advanced degree, professionals will have developed an in-depth knowledge-base related to

  • various learning contexts within and outside of the school setting
  • the multiple influences on educational practices in schools
  • the characteristics and instructional needs of learners with disabilities
  • assessment strategies for monitoring instruction
  • instructional best practices
  • using research to inform practice in the classroom
  • diversity awareness
  • contexts that affect student learning
  • the powerful interactions between setting events and specific learner outcomes
  • a life-perspective of students with exceptional learning needs, both young children who transition into kindergarten and those transitioning into adulthood.
Required Foundation Courses
Students are required to complete the following courses within the first 15 hours of study.
TCH ED 6010Examining History, Community and Social Justice in Education3
ED PSY 6030Instruction, Learning, and Assessment3
Required Special Education Courses
ED PSY 6545Consultation in Schools and Related Settings3
SPEC ED 6325Positive Behavior Interventions for Individual, Classroom, and School-wide Systems3
or SPEC ED 6437 Applied Behavior Analysis: Functional Assessment and Interventions
SPEC ED 6415Disability Law and Policy3
Special Education Concentration Electives 9
Choose one of the following concentrations:
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Concentration
Assessment and Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Research to Practice
Characteristics and Education of Individuals with Low-Incidence Disabilities
Early Childhood Special Education Concentration
Screening and Diagnosis of Developmental Delays: Birth to 5 Years
Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
Curriculum, Methods, and Materials for Early Childhood Special Ed
Cross Categorical Disabilities Concentration
Choose two courses from the following and an additional course from any concentration for a total of three courses.
Speech and Language Interventions for Children with Disabilities
Characteristics and Education of Students with High-Incidence Disabilities
Transition Issues & Planning
Reading Instruction and Intervention in Special Education
Social-Emotional and Behavior Interventions
Required Research Courses (6 hours)
These two research courses should be taken in sequence (not concurrently) at the end of the program. Candidates will design and execute a piece of original practitioner research and present their findings in a public forum.
TCH ED 6909Teacher Action Research I3
TCH ED 6910Teacher Action Research Capstone3
Total Hours30