Master of Education (M.Ed), Special Education
Prof. J. Rick Lucero, Chairperson
Retan Center 207B, (570) 662-4791, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
- Diagnostic and prescriptive teachers;
- Consultative/collaborative specialists;
- Supervisors and curriculum coordinators for special education programs;
- 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.
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.
- Those electing the non-thesis option must complete a non-credit departmental research paper as approved and supervised by their graduate advisors (committee chairpersons).
- A written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam is a requirement for the M.Ed. degree.
- 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.