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Special Education - Master of Arts

Special Education - Master of Arts

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Program Description

Students may focus their studies on obtaining a special education teaching or administration endorsement, in depth study of special education content for personal growth, or preparation for advanced graduate training.

Admissions

WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this one system. 

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Applicants are asked to include some program-specific information:

Applicants are encouraged to bookmark this information for quick reference while working through the graduate application process.

Applicants are evaluated on:

Degree Options

All options are based on an Information Literacy Model. Students gain skill in locating, organizing, critically evaluating, using and disseminating information; effectively using the ever-expanding information base to solve problems in the field of special education; and producing new information related to the field. Competencies are acquired via completion of a 12 semester-hour core of courses.

Administration Option

The administration option:

Core Requirements

Course Number Course Description Hours
SPED 6010 Acquisition & Analysis of Special Educ.  Info 3 hrs
SPED 6150    Transition-Forced Educ. & Serv. for Individuals w/ Disabilities 3 hrs
SPED 6370 Research & Evaluation Techniques in Special Educ. 3 hrs
  Subtotal: 9 hrs

Content and Related Courses

Course Number Course Description Hours
Pick one course:    
  EDT 5410 Introduction to Education Technology 3 hrs
  EDT 5420 Teaching w/Tech: Design & Development for Learning 3 hrs
SPED 6210 Curriculum Development for Learners w/ Disabilities 2 hrs
SPED 6400 Organ. & Adm. of Serv. For Learners w/ Disabilities 3 hrs
SPED 6410 Supervision of Special Educ. Programs & Services 3 hrs
SPED 6430 Legal Issues in Special Educ. 3 hrs
SPED 6610 Collaboration & Consultation in Special Educ. 3 hrs
SPED 7120 Professional Field Experience      3 hrs
    Subtotal: 23 hrs

Related Courses

Course Number Course Description Hours
EDLD 6020 Educ. Leadership, Systems & Change 3 hrs
EDLD 6300 Data-Informed Decision-Making 3 hrs
EDLD 6610    School Law 3 hrs
EDLD 6620 School Business Management 3 hrs
EDLD 6740 School Comm. Relation & Cultural Comp. 3 hrs
EDLD 6670 The Principalship 3 hrs
  Subtotal: 18 hrs
     
  Total: 50 hrs

Clinical Teacher Option

This option:

Core Requirements

Course Number Course Description Hours
SPED 6010 Acquisition & Analysis of Special Educ.  Info 3 hrs
SPED 6150   Transition-Forced Educ. & Serv. for Individuals w/ Disabilities  3 hrs
SPED 6370 Research & Evaluation Techniques in Special Educ. 3 hrs
  Subtotal: 9 hrs

Content and Related Courses

Course Number Course Description Hours
SPED 5300 Introduction to Special Education 3 hrs
Pick one course:    
  SPED 5400 Introduction to Cognitive Impairments 3 hrs
  SPED 5700 Introduction to Emotional Impairments 3 hrs
   SPED 5800 Introduction to Learning Disabilities 3 hrs
Pick one course:    
  SPED 5450 Educ. of Learners w/ Mild & Moderate Cognitive Impairments 3 hrs
  SPED 5750 Educ. of Learners w/ Emotional Impairments 3 hrs
  SPED 5850 Advanced Theory & Practice w/ Learning Disabilities 3 hrs
SPED 5040 Teaching Practicum in Special Education 1 hr
SPED 5330 Intro to Assessment & Data -Based Decision Making 3 hrs
SPED 5340 Curriculum & Intro in Special Education 3 hrs
Pick one course:    
  EDT 5410 Introduction to Education Technology 3 hrs
  EDT 5420 Teaching w/Tech: Design & Development for Learning 3 hrs
SPPA 5950 Language Development & Disorders for Education 2 hrs
SPED 6300 Clinical Practice in Special Education 3 hrs
SPED 6380 Applications Of Behavior Analysis in Special Education 3 hrs
SPED 6610 Collaboration & Consultation in Special Educ. 3 hrs

 

 

Intern teaching in Special Education 6 hrs
    Subtotal: 30 - 36 hrs
       
    Total: 39 - 45 hrs

* May be waived with two years successful teaching experience under temporary approval.

Master Teacher Option

This Master's Teacher Option is designed for persons who:

Core Requirements

Course Number Course Description Hours
SPED 6010 Acquisition & Analysis of Special Educ.  Info 3 hrs
SPED 6150  Transition-Forced Educ. & Serv. for Individuals w/ Disabilities   3 hrs
SPED 6370 Research & Evaluation Techniques in Special Educ. 3 hrs
  Subtotal: 9 hrs

Content and Related Courses

Course Number Course Description Hours
SPED 6200 Advanced Assessment of Learners w/ Disabilities 3 hrs
SPED 6210 Curriculum Development for Learners w/ Disabilities 3 hrs
SPED 6300 Clinical Practice in Special Education 3 hrs
SPED 6380 Applications Of Behavior Analysis in Special Education 3 hrs
SPED 6560 Seminar: Current Issues in Special Education 3 hrs
SPED 6610 Collaboration & Consultation in Special Educ. 3 hrs
SPED 6740* Intern teaching in Special Education 6 hrs
  Subtotal: 24 hrs
     
  Total: 33 hrs

*May be waived with 2 years successful teaching experience under temporary approval.

Forms

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Opportunities

The Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies typically hires 3-4 teaching assistants to assist faculty with teaching during the fall and spring semesters. Graduate students wishing to be considered for one of these positions should send a letter of interest and a resume to the chair.