Special Education - M.Ed.
The department offers a M.Ed. in Special Education in the area of General Curriculum. Students who currently are not certified in special education may obtain initial certification while completing the M.Ed. degree in the area of General Curriculum.
For admission to the program for students who have a Level 4 professional, clear, renewable certificate, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7 in this program. Other criteria may be determined by the department.
For admission to the program for students who do not hold a Level 4 professional, clear, renewable certificate, the applicant must have (a) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.7 in this program, and (b) documentation of passing scores on GACE Basic Skills tests or Praxis I or documentation of exemption.
The M.Ed. in Special Education General Curriculum is a 36 hour program with 30 hours in the special education core and 6 hours of electives. For those students who do not have a clear, renewable, professional teaching certificate in special education, the General Curriculum track can also lead to certification through completion of the required prerequisite and co-requisite courses (up to an additional 21 hours) while completing the M.Ed. program. Courses meet the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood and the Council for Exceptional Children standards.