Exceptionalities (M.S.) (Spring 2007)

Administered by the Department of Exceptionality Programs

Effective Spring 2007

With Certification in Teaching Special Education N-12

Admission. Applicants seeking admission to the master's degree programs must satisfy the general admission requirements for the School of Graduate Studies. The following additional criteria are also required:

A one-page, handwritten letter of intent stating professional background, experience and rationale for wanting to be admitted to the department

Two letters of recommendation


An interview with the chair or faculty advisor

An undergraduate cumulative QPA of 2.8. If average is below 2.8, the student may be admitted provisionally. No Cs may be earned during a probationary period.

Retention. Students must complete the criteria listed in the Teacher Education - Special Education packet prior to the completion of 15 graduate credits. Required GPA, licensing exams, field experience, child abuse and criminal clearances, and liability information is described within the packet.

Graduation Requirements. The M.S. and teacher certification require two separate applications. Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credits (M.S.) and a maximum of 45 credits or 42 credits plus student teaching (M.S. plus certification).

Core Requirements

70.516 Psychology of Exceptional Individuals

70.565 Reading and Interpreting Research in Special Education; OR

79.591 Research in Education

60.501 Major Philosophies of Education

Certification Courses (equivalent courses may be considered)

70.506 Introduction to Early Intervention

70.522 Mathematics for Students with Special Needs

70.526 Transition Services for Individuals with Special Needs

70.533 Language Arts for Students with Special Needs

70.540 Educating Individuals with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

70.544 Diagnostic and Remedial Techniques

70.547 Technology and Exceptional Individuals

70.550 Elementary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities

70.551 Secondary Methods for Individuals with Mild Disabilities

70.559 Seminar in Special Education

70.570 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support

70.591 Practicum in Special Education; OR

70.509 Student Teaching - Graduate Level; and

70.561 Problems in Special Education


70.501 Administration and Supervision in Special Education

70.502 Principles of Special Education Law

70.503 Curricular Design and Instruction for Inclusive Education

70.552 Project in Special Education

70.572 Seminar in Behavior Disorders

70.575 Seminar in Current Issues in Special Education

70.596 Special Workshop 1 (1-6 credits)

70.597 Special Workshop 2 (1-6 credits)

70.598 Special Workshop 3 (1-6 credits)

74.575 Counseling Needs of Communicatively Disordered Individuals and Their Families

With adviser approval, students may also choose additional elective graduate courses in related fields such as reading, early childhood, elementary and secondary education, psychology and sociology.