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Special Education (MSE) Programs of Study

Special Education Generalist Certification

The generalist certification pathway is for students who hold a current teaching certification in an area other than special education and want to add a special education subject endorsement at either the K-6 or 7-12 level; or for students who hold a current teaching certification in special education (K-6 or 7-12) and want to add the other subject endorsement level. Total credit hours vary based on current level of certification and level of special education subject endorsement desired. All candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0. No grade below a “C” will be accepted toward the completion of an advanced degree. All candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0. No grade below a “C” will be accepted toward the completion of an advanced degree.

Professional Education Core Courses: 12 hours

  • EDU 603 Introduction to Educational Research and Design (3)
  • EDU 626 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
  • EDU 627 Current Issues and Trends in Education (3)
  • EDU 658 Fundamentals of Curriculum Development PK-16 (3)

Special Education Core Courses: 24 hours

  • SPD 520 Best Practices in Special Education Methods (3)
  • SPD 522 Teaching Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Classrooms (3)
  • SPD 545 Assessment Guiding IEP Development (3)
  • SPD 565 Differentiated Methodology (3)
  • SPD 611 Organization/Administration of Special Education (3)
  • SPD 630 History and Characteristics of Exceptionalities (3)
  • SPD 636 Social/Emotional Behavior (3)
  • SPD 652 Collaboration and Co-Teaching in the Field (3)

Special Education Electives: 6-12 hours

6-12 hours selected from the following (if changing levels from initial certification, you must choose the appropriate 6 hours of clinical practice; if currently certified PK-3, then you must completed SPD 658 for K-6 subject endorsement and/or SPD 660 for 7-12 subject endorsement)

  • SPD 540 Program Design in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 561 Practicum in Special Education (3)
  • SPD 658 Clinical Practice for Special Education K-6 (6)
  • SPD 660 Clinical Practice for Special Education 7-12 (6)

Total: 42-48 hours