EdM in Special Education

The minimum requirement for an approved program in special education is 36 credits. Students develop an individualized course of study in consultation with an advisor for a general master’s degree with specified courses required for each specialization The required courses for the general master’s degree and for each specialization are described below.

Special Education—General

(Total credits: 36)

Core Coursework

(20 credits)

  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Special Education: Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (4 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education: Procedures (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Perspectives of Inquiry (4 cr)

Elective Coursework

(16 credits, minimum)

Students complete a minimum of four elective courses (16 credits) chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8)

(Total Credits: 56)

  • SED 500/501 Bases of Educational Practice (6 cr)
  • SED SE 613 Fieldwork (2 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (2 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED ME 503/504 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades (8 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED SE 580 Methods in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 593 Practicum: Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–8) (8 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5–12)

(Total Credits: 64)

  • SED 500/501 Bases of Educational Practice (6 cr)
  • SED SE 613 Fieldwork (2 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (2 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED ME 503/504 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades (8 cr)
  • SED DS 502 Adolescent Development (2 cr)
  • SED SE 584 Methods and Materials in Special Education (4 cr)
  • Secondary Subject Matter Methods Course (4 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED SE 594 Practicum: Students with Moderate Disabilities (5 – 12) (8 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED TL 525 Teaching English Language Learners: Middle/High School (4 cr)

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (Ages 3–21)

(Total Credits: 62)

  • SED 500/501 Bases of Educational Practice (6 cr)
  • SED SE 613 Fieldwork (2 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (2 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED ME 503/504 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades (8 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 504 Introduction to Early Childhood Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED SE 505 Introduction to Severe Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED SE 507 Severe Disabilities: Assessment and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 508 Severe Disabilities: Curriculum and Methods (4 cr)
  • SED SE 580 Methods in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 595 Practicum (8 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–Grade 8) combined with Elementary Education (Grades 1–6)

(Total Credits: 78)

  • SED 500/501 Bases of Educational Practice (6 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition, Learning, and Behavior (4 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • SED SE 580 Methods in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED ME 503/504 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades (8 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, and Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED SE 580 Methods in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)
  • SED CH 515 Curriculum Methods 1–6 (10 cr)
  • SED CH 655 Practicum: Elementary (8 cr)
  • SED SE 593 Practicum: Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K–8) (8 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Special Education Administrator

Students accepted for this program are experienced in working with students with disabilities and are interested in working in administrative positions in programs serving this population of students. Completion of the required coursework leads to a recommendation to the Commonwealth for licensure as a Special Education Administrator.

Core Coursework

  • SED AP 758 School Management (4 cr)
  • SED AP 720 Performance-Based Educational Leadership (4 cr)
  • SED AP 750 Performance Appraisal and Supervision (4 cr)
  • SED AP 662 Administrative Planning (4 cr)
  • SED AP 754 Educational Equity and the Law (2 cr)
  • SED AP 757 School Labor Relations (2 cr)
  • SED AP 600 Diversity in Education (4 cr)
  • SED AP 751 Conflict Resolution (4 cr)
  • SED SE 744 Special Education Administration (4 cr)
  • SED SE 702 Clinical Practice: Special Education Administration (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Perspectives on Inquiry

*Note: If students enter with coursework at the undergraduate level that is comparable to these courses, other courses are substituted with the approval of the advisor.

Special Education and Social Work (Dual Degree Program)

The dual degree program with social work is designed to develop knowledge and skills in students in both social work and special education. The program is a multifaceted course of study leading to the dual master’s degree—Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Education (EdM)—or to an MSW and a doctorate in Education (EdD). Interested students may concentrate in Special Education; teacher certification may also be obtained with additional coursework.

A total of 83 credits are required, with 50 in social work, 24 in special education, and 9 taken in either the School of Social Work or SED. A list of required special education courses and special education electives are presented below.

Core Coursework

  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 744 Special Education Administration (4 cr)

Elective Coursework

  • SED SE 504 Intro to Early Childhood Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED SE 505 Introduction to Severe Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED SE 502 Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities (4 cr)
  • SED SE 503 Learning Disabilities (4 cr)
  • SED SE 533 Families of Children with Special Needs (4 cr)
  • SED SE 760 Cognition and Learning (2 cr)
  • SED SE 534 Classroom and Behavior Management (2 cr)
  • SED SE 605 Children at Risk (4 cr)
  • SED SE 751 Assessment in Special Education (4 cr)
  • SED SE 535 Introduction to Autism