2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. Programs Leading to Initial Teacher License in Special Education

The Special Education Initial licensure programs are geared toward an inclusive disposition and prepare teachers to work with a diversity of learners in a variety of settings. The major goal of the programs is to educate knowledgeable, skilled, passionate, and reflective practitioners. The programs seek to inspire life-long learning, to develop and enhance the expertise of teachers in supporting diverse populations within a collaborative framework, and to model theory to practice in our teaching. Philosophical underpinnings as well as essential strategies for inclusive learning, metacognition, new technologies, transition planning, nondiscriminatory quality assessment, social justice advocacy, and multicultural and bilingual perspectives are addressed, both in distinct courses and in the conceptual framework's themes threaded throughout the programs. The goals of our programs are met through coursework, field-based experiences, and a collaborative team supervision approach to practicums.