This degree prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities in collaborative school environments. The course of study consists of 30-36 credits over six terms (one year that includes two summers). The program accommodates both working teachers and individuals seeking initial teacher certification in special education.

The initial certification option includes 6-credit hours of student teaching. The State approved program provides competencies for initial certification in K-12 special education with reading and ESOL endorsement.

There is 70% scholarship opportunity sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development. The School makes these awards at the same time as final admissions decisions are made.

Curriculum Requirements

TAL 606Issues and Strategies for ESOL3
or TAL 683 Introduction to Theories and Practice of TESOL
TAL 608Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students3
or TAL 686 Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition
TAL 614Assessment in Special Education3
TAL 629Educating Exceptional Students3
TAL 634Language and Reading Instruction3
or TAL 647 Language and Early Reading Instruction
TAL 635Inclusive Models of Teaching3
TAL 636Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology Strategies for Transition3
TAL 654STEM Methods for Diverse Learners3
TAL 668Human Development, Learning and Schooling3
TAL 677Applied Research in Education3
Total Credit Hours30
Students seeking initial teacher certification in Special Education
TAL 621Student Teaching in the Elementary School6
or TAL 622 Student Teaching in the Secondary School.
Total Credit Hours36