Oct 20, 2018  
Graduate Catalog 2015-16 
    
Graduate Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Special Education


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Advisors: Kristal Ehrhardt, George Haus, Paula Kohler, Daniel Morgan, Shaila Rao, Sarah Summy, Luchara Wallace, Elizabeth Whitten
Room 3506, Sangren Hall

The Master of Arts in Special Education prepares students to locate, organize, critically evaluate, and use research-based practices to provide quality education services to students with disabilities; collaborate with other educators, families, and service providers to solve problems in the field of special education; and to produce new information related to the field. Students develop competencies in information literacy, assessment, curriculum development, collaboration, differentiated instruction, transition education, and leadership through a curriculum aligned with professional standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Admission Procedures, all options

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Special Education program should request a Master’s Degree Program Application packet from the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies or download the packet from the departmental website.  Students must follow all instructions on the Graduate Self-Managed Application form and send the following supplemental materials to the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies: 1) Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies Master’s Degree Program Application, 2) copy of teaching certificate/endorsement(s), 3) current resume, 4) written statement of professional goals, explaining why a special education degree is sought, and 5) three letters of reference (at least one reference must be able to address the applicants academic skills). International students who speak a language other than English as their first language must submit a TOEFL score. At the discretion of the Special Education faculty, applicants may be interviewed prior to admission. 

Applications are evaluated on the basis of: 1) undergraduate grade point average, minimum GPA of 3.0 (a graduate grade point average may be considered if at least 9 hours of recent and relevant course work have been completed), 2) experience in special education or a related field, 4) congruence of professional goals and requested program option, 5) writing skills, 6) professional references. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or better to be considered for admission. Admission deadlines are November 1, February 1, April 1, and August 1. To be considered for admission, applicants’ files must be complete by the deadline preceding the semester they seek entry.

Program Requirements (all options)


All students who receive a Master of Arts in Special Education must complete the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Advisors will designate specific course requirements for each option described below.
  2. A  capstone experience. This may take the form of a comprehensive written examination or a capstone course. The capstone experience, whether it is a capstone course or a comprehensive examination, is to be taken at the end of an academic program. It is recommended that the capstone experience be the final, culminating activity in the Master of Arts in Special Education program. Responsibility for scheduling the capstone is assumed by graduate students in consultation with their program advisors.

Master Teacher Option


This option is designed for persons who have special education certification and who plan to remain directly involved with students with disabilities in an instructional capacity or who plan to pursue advanced graduate preparation beyond the master’s degree. Additional special education teaching endorsements or concentrations that can be earned through this option are Autism, Behavioral Specialist, Emotional Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Cognitive Impairment, and Visual Impairment.

Prerequisites

  1. Michigan Teaching Certificate or equivalent
  2. Endorsement or other teaching credential in at least one area of Special Education or related area
  3. Admission by Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies

Clinical Teacher Option


This option is available to certified teachers seeking a master’s degree and an initial endorsement in one of the following areas of special education:  Emotionally Impaired, Learning Disabled, or Cognitively Impaired.

Prerequisites

  1. Michigan Teaching Certificate or equivalent
  2. Admission by Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies

Special Education Technology Option (no longer offered)


This option, designed for persons who have special education certification, provides comprehensive knowledge, skills, and experience in the development and use of various special education technologies.

Prerequisites

  1. Michigan Teaching Certificate or equivalent
  2. Endorsement in at least one area of Special Education
  3. Admission by Department of Special education and Literacy Studies

Special Education Administration Option


This option, designed for certified and experienced special education teachers, provides course work and field-based experiences necessary to gain Michigan K-12 Administrator Certificate & Basic Principle Endorsement with Special Education Director or Supervisor approved.

Prerequisites

  1. Michigan Teaching Certificate or equivalent
  2. Endorsement in at least one area of Special Education
  3. Admission by Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies

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