Field-Based Experiences with Mentor Teacher
This program incorporates an ongoing field experience so students may hone their teaching skills in real life settings. Finding a mentor and affiliating with this person throughout the program is a cornerstone of its design. Students will spend the first semester of the program finding a mentor and practicum site. Many teachers working towards certification already teach children with disabilities on an emergency license. Teachers already in a teaching assignment may use their current classroom as a practicum site and identify a mentor in this setting.
Seminar activities are focused on building a community of learners and the opportunity to reflect critically around teaching with fellow colleagues.
Students choose a specialty track consisting of four online courses. Specialty track courses may be combined to individualize a program or taken as a single track. Presently, courses are offered in the areas of autism, behavior specialists, early childhood, instructional strategies, and intense interventions. One out of the four courses chosen must be from outside the special education department.
Capstone Project or Thesis
All students pursuing a Masters in special education will complete a capstone or thesis project. Students must successfully complete at least 30 credit hours, including a research course and research seminar before enrolling.