Exceptionalities (M.S.) (Spring 2007)

Administered by Exceptionality Programs

Effective Spring 2007

(This program does not lead to 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 program coordinator

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 clearance, and liability information is described within the packet.

Graduation requirements

Core requirements (9 credits)

70.516 Psychology of Exceptional Individuals

70.565 Reading and Interpreting Research in Special Education; OR

79.591 Research in Education

70.575 Seminar in Current Issues in Special Education

Electives (a minimum of 12 credits must be taken 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

70.506 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

70.552 Project in Special Education

70.559 Seminar in Special Education

70.570 Foundations of Behavior Intervention and Support

70.572 Seminar in Behavior Disorders

70.595 Internship

70.596 Special Workshop 1 (1-6 credits)

70.597 Special Workshop 2 (1-6 credits)

70.598 Special Workshop 3 (1-6 credits)

70.599 Master's Research Paper

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.