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Special Education - Learning Disabilities (MA)

Description

The Master of Arts with a major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who wish to prepare themselves for working with individuals experiencing specific and general learning problems at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students. It also presents a means for supervisors and administrators to develop leadership skills in the areas of special education-learning disabilities.

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    Admission Requirements

    The requirements for admission to graduate study in special education are a 3.0 grade point average and fulfillment of requirements for a state teaching certificate, or a background of education and experience satisfactory to the department. Applicants for programs in special education will be required to give evidence of their ability to pursue a professional career in the area chosen for study by submitting three letters of recommendation.

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    Degree Requirements — Endorsement: Learning Disabilities

    The following 39 semester hours of coursework comprise the program:

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • SED 5630 Identification and Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5670 Teaching Math and Language Arts (3 credits)
    • SED 5710 Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SED 5760 Educating the Learning Disabled (3 credits)
    • SED 5850 Research and Response to Intervention (3 credits)
    • SED 5860 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students (3 credits)
    • SED 5870* Research Seminar (3 credits)
    • SED 6600 Learning Disabilities Student Teaching (6 credits)

    Total: 39 credits

    *A master's research paper is completed in SED 5870.

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    Second Special Education Endorsement

    An endorsement in emotionally impaired/behaviorally disordered may be obtained if a teacher possesses a teaching certificate in special education. Completion of the following approved program for the respective area of endorsement desired is required. The following 22 credit hours of either respective program must be completed to receive each specific endorsement.

    Endorsement: Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered

    • EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • SED 5810 Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered (3 credits)
    • SED 5820 Educating the Severely Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered/Autistic Student (3 credits)
    • SED 5830 Educating the Emotionally Impaired (3 credits)
    • SED 5880 Emotional Impaired and Behavioral Disordered Practicum (4 credits)

    Program Prerequisites: EDU 5130, EDU 6000, SED 5600, SED 5630, SED 5850

    Total: 22 credits

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Alan Grigg, Ed.D.

Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus

Email: griggae@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1475
Fax: 313-578-0507

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