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M.Ed. in Education of Exceptional Persons

The Department of Special Education and Clinical Services offers two graduate programs: Master of Education degree in Education of Exceptional Persons and the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. These programs are in accord with the current national standards of the Council for Exceptional Children and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, respectively.

The M.Ed. program is structured to address the educational needs of four types of graduate students: (a) those who hold Pennsylvania Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped certification; (b) those who hold another teaching certificate who wish to obtain special education certification while working toward an M.Ed. degree in Education of Exceptional Persons; (c) those who hold another teaching certificate who wish to obtain special education certification without earning the M.Ed. degree; and (d) those who do not want to qualify for a teaching certificate but who wish to work professionally with persons with disabilities.

The program intends to prepare graduates who will: (a) implement curricula to meet individual needs of students with disabilities; (b) demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, and initiative in meeting the changing needs of students with disabilities; (c) use positive behavior management techniques; (d) assess pupils strengths and limitations for instructional planning; (e) practice diagnostic prescriptive instructional procedures; (f) adapt special equipment for individuals; (g) plan for and effectively use paraprofessionals; (h) engage in effective communication and collaborative partnerships; and (i) apply professionalism and ethical practices.

Students working toward a master’s degree may select a thesis or a non-thesis option at an appropriate point in their program of studies. All M.Ed. candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination as the terminal experience in their course of studies. The department will exercise final judgment over the exact program of studies required for any student who wishes to obtain special education certification.

Admission Criteria

Applications are due by March 1 for consideration for Summer/Fall acceptance and by July 15 for Spring acceptance.

Education of Exceptional Persons—M.Ed. and Special Education Certification

EDEX 569 Education of Persons with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, or Brain Injury 3 cr.
EDEX 578 Education of Persons with Mental Retardation, Developmental, Physical, or Multiple Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 558 Vocational Preparation and Transition forYouth with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 752 Assessment of Persons with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 754 Advanced Instructional Design in Special Education 3 cr.
EDEX 755 Professional Collaboration and TeamBuilding for Special Educators 3 cr.
EDEX 785 Practicum and Internship (severe) 3 cr.
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
or    
EDEX 795 Thesis (optional) 3 cr.

Total Required 36 cr.

Note: Students may choose electives from an approved list including:

EDEX 515 Preschool Education for Children with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 560 Family Perspectives on Disability 3 cr.
EDEX 753 Research Seminar in Special Education 3 cr.
EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.
EDSP746 Learning and Instruction 3 cr.
EDSP 747 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education 3 cr.
EDSP 748 Advanced Studies in Behavioral Problems 3 cr.
COUN 629 Group Procedures (Child) 3 cr.
COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 cr.

or other relevant courses with approval of the program coordinator.

These are minimum requirements. Additional coursework may be required depending on present certification (e.g., applicants with secondary education certification will be required to demonstrate competence in the teaching of reading, language arts, and math to students with disabilities).

Additional course work and requirements exist for those seeking certification through the Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certification Program. These requirements are determined at admission on a case-by-case basis.

Education of Exceptional Persons—Certification-only program

EDEX 569 Education of Persons with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, or Brain Injury 3 cr.
EDEX 578 Education of Persons with Mental Retardation, Developmental, Physical, or Multiple Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 752 Assessment of Persons with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 754 Advanced Instructional Design in Special Education 3 cr.
EDEX 785 Practicum and Internship (severe) 3 cr.

Total Required 15 cr.

These are minimum requirements. Additional coursework may be required depending on present certification (e.g., applicants with secondary education certification will be required to demonstrate competence in the teaching of reading, language arts, and math to students with disabilities).

Additional course work and requirements exist for those seeking certification through the Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certification Program. These requirements are determined at admission on a case-by-case basis.

Education of Exceptional Persons—M.Ed.-only program

EDEX 558 Vocational Preparation and Transition for Youth with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 752 Assessment of Persons with Disabilities 3 cr.
EDEX 753 Research Seminar in Special Education 3 cr.
EDEX 754 Advanced Instructional Design in Special Education 3 cr.
EDEX 755 Professional Collaboration and Team Building for Special Educators 3 cr.
EDEX 785 Practicum and Internship 3 cr.
EDEX 560 Family Perspective on Disabilities 3 cr.
GSR 615 Elements of Research 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
---- Elective 3 cr.
or    
EDEX 795 Thesis 3 cr.

Total Required 30 cr.

Note: Students may choose electives from:

EDSP 704 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.
EDSP 746 Learning and Instruction 3 cr.
EDSP 747 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education 3 cr.
EDSP 748 Advanced Studies in Behavioral Problems 3 cr.
COUN 629 Group Procedures (Child) 3 cr.
COUN 639 Group Counseling 3 cr.
EDEX 515 Preschool Education for Children with Disabilities 3 cr.

Or other relevant courses with approval of the program coordinator.

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