Student Learning Outcomes - The learner outcomes for the Masters of Science in Special Education Degree are the Advanced Preparation Standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children (2012).
These outcomes include:
- Use valid and reliable assessment practices to minimize bias.
- Use their knowledge of general and specialized curricula to improve programs, supports, and services at classroom, school, community, ad system levels.
- Facilitate the continuous improvement of general and special education programs, supports, and services at the classroom, school and system levels for individuals with exceptionality.
- Conduct, evaluate, and use inquiry to guide professional practice.
- Provide leadership to formulate goals, set and meet high professional expectations, advocate for effective policies and evidence-based practices and create positive and productive work environments.
- Use foundational knowledge of the field and professional ethical principles ad practice standards to inform special education practice, engage in life-long learning, advance the profession, and perform leadership responsibilities to promote the success of professional colleagues and individuals with exceptionality.
- Collaborate with stakeholders to improve programs, services and outcomes for individuals with exceptionality and their families.
At the advanced level, special educators share an array of functions and responsibilities. Reflecting this commonality, the Council for Exceptional Children has validated the above skill set and determined that all special educators shall have mastered these skills as a part of their preparation for advanced practice.
Admission requirements include a valid teaching certificate or a degree in Speech-Language Pathology, or other recognized student service area a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or a grade point average of 3.00 in the last 60 undergraduate credit hours. Admitted students must maintain all requirements as specified by the UCM Graduate School.
The Master of Science in Education degree program with courses in special education may not include more than one third of the course requirements to be met by courses which are open to both graduate and undergraduate students. The Master of Science in Education degree program in special education is a minimum 33 hour program. For additional details, consult with the Special Education Coordinator in the Department of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education, LOV 3155.