App Deadline: Jan. 1, May 1, Aug. 1
Pre-Requisites: GRE Not Required
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Multiple Concentrations Available
The Special Education Program currently offers three types of post-baccalaureate degrees and programs: two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), as well as an add-on Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) licensure program. Courses in both the M.A.Ed. and the M.A.T. programs are offered online.
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The M.A.Ed. program is for those teachers who have an “A” level license in education. Teachers with licenses in areas other than special education may have to take some prerequisite courses. The program consists of a professional core, a special education core, and a concentration in one of the following areas: behavioral disorders, gifted creative and innovative education, mild to moderate disabilities, or severe/profound disabilities.
Program: 30 - 33 semester hours of graduate study:
The M.A.T. program is for those who do not have an “A” level license in special education. Qualified persons with a B.A or B.S. degree may earn a teaching license and graduate degree simultaneously. The program consists of a professional core, pedagogy courses, and a concentration in General Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with mild to moderate disabilities or Adapted Curriculum for individuals interested in working with children and youth with severe disabilities.
Program: 42 semester hours of graduate study:
The AIG program leads to an AIG license that can be added to any academic area license. The program consists of 12 graduate hours in gifted education. All courses are online with the exception of a one-week field experience in June.
In addition to licensure options, the Special Education Graduate Program offers teachers a professional development credential in three critical skill areas:
This online professional development opportunity is highly interactive and will help address real issues you face in today's classrooms.
All students will be required to complete and present a Comprehensive Portfolio. The Master’s Comprehensive Portfolio is a formal, organized set of documents and artifacts demonstrating the teacher’s growth, as a self-directed, reflective practitioner.
Rationale: The Master’s Comprehensive Portfolio is intended to provide tangible evidence that the candidate has met each of the advanced competencies required for the degree. The portfolio is not a collection of everything the candidate has done in the master’s program; it is a carefully selected, organized set of entries demonstrating achievement of each of the standards. Candidates with current National Board Certification in the concentration area have demonstrated advanced competencies and are exempted from the required portfolio.
Submission Deadline: The portfolio is due in the last semester of your program, either March 15 or October 15. This is a requirement for graduation.
Portfolio Information: Portfolios are submitted using an electronic portfolio system. to collect artifacts that are required for admission, state licensure, and graduation.