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MEd in Special Education

Current teachers or other professionals who want to become licensed special education teachers might consider programs such as Grand Canyon University's online Master of Education in Special Education. Read on for program details and course requirements.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in Special Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Assertiveness and patience are qualities that will be necessary for prospective enrollees to Grand Canyon University's online Master of Education in Special Education program. They should be champions of individuals' differences and be team players. Applicants to Grand Canyon University should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Master of Education in Special Education program at Grand Canyon University leads to initial teacher licensure, and it is offered online. It is designed for students of all professional backgrounds who want to enter the realm of special education teaching and work with those who have mild to moderate disabilities. Enrolled students could be able to prepare to teach these young people subjects that include language arts, math, and ELL concepts.

Program participants could be able to explore classroom management and assessment strategies as well as ethical and legal practices in special education. Students should be prepared to complete 12 practicum / field experience hours during the final course in the program. They must complete 96 hours of field work and 15 weeks of student-teaching practice.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

44 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Education in Special Education

Students of Grand Canyon University's online Master of Education in Special Education degree program should be prepared to earn 44 major credits spread out over 13 courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (44 credits)

  • Foundations in Special Education Graduate Studies
  • Survey of Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Professional, Ethical and Legal Practices and Policies in Special Education
  • Collaborations and Communications in Special Education
  • Assessments and Eligibility in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disability
  • U.S. and Arizona Constitutions for Teacher Candidates
  • Learning Environments for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Instructional and Transitional Planning for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Language Development with Mild to Moderate Disabilities and Disorders
  • Methods of Structured English Immersion for K-12 Education
  • Methods of Teaching Math to Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Methods of Teaching Language Arts to Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Student Teaching for Special Education Teacher Candidates

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Grand Canyon University Master of Education in Special Education program graduates who would like to become special education faculty members or researchers could be able to enroll in related doctoral degree programs as a preparatory measure. Such programs might allow graduates to participate in special education research and enhance their knowledge of applied behavior analysis. Potential terminal-degree programs include:

  • Doctor of Education in Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education

Career Paths:

Subsequent to obtaining the Master of Education in Special Education degree from Grand Canyon University, students could be able to apply for initial licensure. This would qualify them to pursue special education-related positions in K-12 public and private schools. A list of possible career opportunities follows:

  • School program director
  • Curriculum coach
  • Child development specialist
  • Classroom teacher
  • Education advocate