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Master of Science in Education


Core Requirements (15 semester hours):

  • EFD 500 - Research in Education (3)
  • EFD 550 - Diversity in Today's Classroom (3)
  • SPE 509 - Data Analysis (3)
  • SPE 520 - Technology for Special Education (3)
  • SPE 570 - Action Research in SPE (3)


Teaching Field Requirements (21 semester hours):

  • ECE 545 - Literacy Intervention in the Early Childhood Classroom  (3)
  • ECE 540 - Intervention in the ECE Classroom (3)
  • RDG 538 - Teaching Reading in ECE (3)
  • ECE 513 - Individualization of Education for Young Children (3)
  • SPE 526 - Methods in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • ECE 512 - Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3)
  • SPE 533 - Applied Behavior Analysis in SPE (3)

Diversity Requirement (3 semester hours):

*SPE 500 - Survey of Special Education (3) is required unless SPE 300 was satisfied at the undergraduate level.  If SPE 300 has already been satisfied at the undergraduate or graduate level, candidates must chooose ONE of the following course to satisfy the diversity requirement:

  • SPE 532 Methods and Strategies for Enrichment: Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom (3)
  • RDG 530 Methods and Materials for Reading: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Setting (3)
  • EED 548 Methods for Multicultural Classrooms (3)

39* Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree


  • Eligibility for this program requires bachelor’s level certification (fourth-year) in one of the following areas: early childhood education, elementary education, or any area of special education except gifted-talented or a higher degree and fifth year certification.
  • Completion of this program leads to eligibility for fifth-year (master’s) teaching certification in early childhood special education (P-3).
  • Candidates eligible (to enroll in courses in a Class A teaching field program) may complete no more than five approved program courses prior to unconditional admission to the program (this includes transfer credit). Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies and the Dean/Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. 
  • Successful completion of the appropriate Praxis II exam(s) is required before Practicum, ECE 512 and SPE 563.

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