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Mansfield University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Special Education

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Master of Education (M.Ed), Special Education

Dr. Barbara Smith, Chairperson
Retan Center 202E, (570) 662-4626, e-mail bsmith@mansfield.edu

The Special Education program provides a professional special educator with advanced specialization and training. Emphasis is on education of children with disabilities with related courses in learning disabilities, mental retardation, early childhood education, cultural diversity, and children with behavioral/emotional disturbance.

The program is competency based and reflects the cross-categorical trend in special education. It has a diagnostic/prescriptive teaching base and is designed to develop generic teaching competencies for working with children with mental and physical disabilities in various educational settings. Graduates are prepared for such positions as:

  1. Diagnostic and prescriptive teachers;
  2. Consultative/collaborative specialists;
  3. Supervisors and curriculum coordinators for special education programs;
  4. Educational consultants for exceptional children.

It is the design of the program to enhance leadership skills in the practice of humanistic behavior change. The program may contribute towards teacher certification in the education of children with mental and physical disabilities.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work plus 6 semester hours for the thesis or 33 semester hours of coursework in the non-thesis program will be completed according to the following divisions. *Some courses are offered summers only.

Important Notes

  1. Those electing the non-thesis option must complete a non-credit departmental research paper as approved and supervised by their graduate advisors (committee chairpersons).
  2. A written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam is a requirement for the M.Ed. degree.
  3. 33 semester hours of coursework are required for the non-thesis option. 36 total semester hours (including 6 for the thesis) for the thesis option.

Track I: Students With an Undergraduate Degree in Special Education

I. Education Foundations (6 Semester Hours (SH) Required)

(Typically courses that provide knowledge applicable to all areas of education)

III. Special Education Related Topics (12 SH Required, A Minimum of 6 Semester Hours in SPE)

Under departmental advisement and according to student need, these open competency electives may be chosen from the areas of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology.

Track II: Students with an Undergraduate Degree in Education (Other than Special Education)

Track III: Students With an Undergraduate Degree in any Non-Education Area

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