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Master of Special Education -- Special Education (M.SpEd.)

The Master of Special Education is an application degree designed for practicing teachers seeking licensure in either specific learning disabilities or emotional behavioral disorders. Components of the degree emphasize theory to practice in practicum settings, development and modification of curriculum for students with special needs, and an understanding of relevant literature and research within the field. Thirty of thirty-nine credit hours in the Master of Special Education degree are based on the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Initial Level Special Educator Preparation Standards and the Minnesota Special Education Licensure Standards. The remaining nine credit hours are research-based professional application courses.

Standard 1: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences

SPED 5600 Study of the Learner with Special Needs (3 credits)

SPED 5620 Teaching the Learner with Specific Learning Disabilities I (3 credits)
or SPED 5630 Teaching the Learner with Emotional Behavioral Disorders I (3 credits)

Subtotal 6 Credits

Standard 2: Learning Environments

SPED 5715 Curriculum Techniques with Special Populations (3 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Standard 3: Curricular Content Knowledge

ED 5201 Language Arts I (3 credits)
SPED 6603 Math Difficulties: Diagnosis and Intervention (3 credits)
SPED 6608 Reading Difficulties: Diagnosis and Intervention (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

Standard 4: Assessment

SPED 5640 Due Process in Special Education I: Assessment and Reporting (3 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Standard 5: Instructional Planning and Strategies

SPED 6620 Teaching the Learner with Specific Learning Disabilities II (3 credits)
or SPED 6630 Teaching the Learner with Emotional Behavioral Disorders II (3 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Standard 6: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

SPED 6609 Due Process in Special Education II: Individual Education Planning (3 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Standard 7: Collaboration

SPED 5650 Collaborative Techniques for Special Educators (3 credits)

Subtotal 3 Credits

Professional Application

SPED 6610 Current Issues in Special Education (3 credits)
SPED 6680 Single Subject Research in Special Education (3 credits)
SPED 6690 Summative Applications in Special Education (3 credits)

Subtotal 9 Credits

 Total Semester Credits Required for Degree 39 Credits


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