Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Special Education Concentration (M.Ed.)

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Special Education Concentration Information

The goal of the Graduate Program in Special Education is to prepare well-skilled, innovative educators who are able to design inclusive, effective educational programs for all students.  The coursework is crafted to prepare students to be culturally responsive leaders, educators, and advocates.  Hallmarks of the program include comprehensive coursework in both math and literacy.  Graduates students are offered the most current, research-based strategies in both areas to ensure they will be able to enter the field ready to move all students forward academically by providing an appropriate education for each child.  Students are provided both a practicum and a student teaching experience where they are placed with model educators in the field and a St. Michael’s supervisor who will provide individual support and guidance.

There are multiple “paths” graduate students can follow as they progress toward a Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education: 1.  Students can choose coursework to work toward a Special Educator initial license; 2.  Students can choose coursework to work toward a Special Educator endorsement; 3. Students can work toward a Master’s without the goal of licensure and take 18 credits of special education coursework of their choosing, an additional 12 credits of electives, and the final two researcher courses listed below; 4. Students can work toward a Master’s degree (36 credits) and then continue with an additional 12 credits (courses are designated) to obtain a Consulting Teacher endorsement.  

M.Ed. Special Education Required Courses (36 credits)

  • 18 credits in Special Education (select from courses listed below)
  • 12 credits in electives
  • GED 558 - Educator as Researcher Credits: 3 cr.
  • GED 699 - Capstone Seminar in Graduate Education Credits: 3 cr.

Students working towards a concentration may select courses from below (excluding Practicum) and may transfer up to 9 credits with permission of advisor.

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