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Program of Study for M.Ed. in Special Education:

Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12

Program of Study for Master of Education Degree in Special Education


Please see an academic adviser for recommended sequence of courses.


I. Core Courses

ELR 605  Methods of Educational Research and Statistics.

 Development of library skills, analysis of types of research, investigation of research design; introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics.


EPY 601 Psychology of Learning

Study of the application of psychological principles to learning environments with special emphasis on the classroom.


CUR 608  Historical Foundations of Educational Thought and Curriculum Methodology. Cultural, historical and philosophical background in educational thought to include curriculum methods.


II. Special Degree Requirements

CSP 545  Special Education Assessment

 Assessment strategies and instruments, both formal and informal, used in special education. Requires a field based component.


CSP 546 Advanced Survey of Exceptional Children.

Discussion, study, and research of issues in special education: legislation, legal mandates, policies and procedures, characteristics and identification, and service delivery.


CSP 547  Internship in Special Education

Supervised internship in special education for majors who do not hold an undergraduate degree in education with student teaching. Credit/noncredit course.


CSP 647 Practicum in Special Education.

Supervised interaction with individuals with exceptional learning needs. Includes candidate self evaluation and research based field study. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in education with student teaching.



CSP 550 Programming for Individuals with Severe/Multiple Disabilities

Diagnosis and programming for individuals with severe multiple disabilities, as well as individuals with specialized health care needs, assistive technology needs, and/or special communication needs.


CSP 616 Behavioral Management.

Systems of behavior management for school and community.


CSP 640 Education Of Young Children With Exceptional Learning Needs.

Assessment techniques, preparation of materials and development of individualized educational programs appropriate to the learning style of the preschool child with exceptional learning needs.


CSP 643 Programming For Adolescents With Mild/Moderate Exceptional Learning Needs.

A study of instructional strategies, service delivery systems, transition issues, and alternative procedures in programming for adolescent students with mild/moderate exceptional learning needs. Requires a field-based practicum.


CSP 682 Programming For Individuals With Mild/Moderate Exceptional Learning Needs.

Appropriate research based teaching and methodology for individuals with mild/moderate exceptional learning needs with an emphasis on the elementary grades. For candidates with an undergraduate teaching degree.


CSP 672: Fundamentals of Effective Teaching in Special Education.

 This course is designed for graduate candidates without undergraduate training in education. It will introduce the candidates to writing lesson plans, Bloom