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Master of Education in Special Education

Mary Beth Sanders, Ed.D., Program Director

The Master of Education in Special Education degree prepares the master’s level student with knowledge, understanding, and abilities in the field of special education, K-12.  The M.Ed. in Special Education program provides the framework for effective communication and partnership, personnel management, assessment, instruction, and compliance with federal and state regulations. The 36-hour, non-thesis general Special Education program consists of 18 hours of special education academic specialization, 9 hours in the professional area, and 9 hours in the resource area. Pathways to Teaching students can obtain teacher certification in special education while pursuing the M.Ed. in Special Education.

In accordance with the national governing agency, Council for Exceptional Children, all candidates must have certification in EC-6, English language arts, math, science or history to be considered a "highly qualified special education teacher."

 

PROGRAM CONTINUANCE

Continuance in the program past the first 12 hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).

A waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement may be considered if the student meets one of the following conditions: 

 

ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION    (18 credit hours)

 

SPED 5310

Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

 

SPED 5320

Teaching the Underachiever

 

SPED 5330

Pedagogy of Special Education

 

SPED 5332

Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience

 

SPED 5350

Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies

 

SPED 6360

Supervision of Special Education Instruction

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AREA   (9 credit hours)

 

EDUC 5344

Diagnosing Learning Different Children

 

EDUC 6302

Research in Education (S-L)

 

EDUC 6306

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

 

 

 

RESOURCE AREA   (9 credit hours)

 

EDAD 6312

School Law

     
 

READ 5338

Pedagogy of Language Arts

  or  
 

EDUC 6304

Improvement of Instruction

     

 

EDUC 6308

The School and the Multicultural American Society (may substitute ESLS 5308 Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments)

 

 

 

REQUIRED:

 

SPED 6010

Professional Portfolio

 

 

 

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS  -  36 hours

 

  • Students seeking teacher certification will be required to complete two (2) seminars in preparation for the TExES exams. 
  • Students seeking teacher certification will complete Student Teaching or Internship in Teaching I and Internship in Teaching II (6 hours credit).

 

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

DIAGNOSTICIAN SPECIALIZATION

The Master of Education in Special Education with Diagnostician’s Specialization degree prepares the master’s level student with knowledge, understanding, and abilities in the field of special education with emphasis placed on diagnostician knowledge and skills.  The program provides the framework for effective communication and partnership, assessment, instruction, and compliance with federal and state regulations.  The 36-hour, non-thesis program consists of 15 hours of special education academic specialization, 15 hours in the professional area, and 6 hours in the resource area.  The M.Ed. in Special Education with Diagnostician’s Specialization leads to Texas diagnostician’s certification.

In accordance with the national governing agency, Council for Exceptional Children, all candidates must have certification in EC-6, English language arts, math, science or history to be considered a "highly qualified special education teacher."  Diagnostician candidates must hold one of those content area certification and professional roles/responsibilities certificaiton before being accepted to this master's program.

 

ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION    (18 credit hours)

 

SPED 5310

Introduction to the Exceptional Learner

 

SPED 5320

Teaching the Underachiever

 

SPED 5330

Pedagogy of Special Education

  SPED 5332 Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience

 

SPED 5350

Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies

 

SPED 6350

Individual Diagnostic Assessment Practicum (S-L)* (160 hrs.)

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AREA   (12 credit hours)

 

EDUC 5344

Diagnosing Learning Different Children

 

EDUC 6302

Research in Education (S-L)

 

EDUC 6306

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

 

EDSC 6312

Appraisal in Counseling and Development

 

 

 

RESOURCE AREA   (6 credit hours)

 

EDAD 6312

School Law

 

EDUC 6308

The School and the Multicultural American Society (may substitute ESLS 5308 Multicultural and Multilingual Learning Environments)

 

 

 

REQUIRED  

 

SPED 6010

Professional Portfolio

 

 

 

TOTAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS  -  36 hours

 (S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

College of Education Graduate Portfolio  
Because of Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate students, a portfolio assessment is required in all College of Education graduate programs.  The process of creating a portfolio is explained in the College of Education Graduate Portfolio Manual, which can be downloaded from the DBU website. The portfolio allows students to present information about themselves as learners and to document growth over a period of time.

 

The portfolio should be a collection of artifacts accompanied by self-reflections that not only help the learner to understand and extend learning, but also invite the reader of the portfolio to gain insights about the learner. Please refer to the Portfolio Manual for appropriate procedures to follow in preparation of the portfolio.  Students must register for the Professional Portfolio course as prescribed in their degree plan during the semester in which they will present their portfolio to the Educator Preparation Board. The Educator Preparation Board is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the Metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel as well as DBU professors and administrators volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate students' professional portfolios.

 

Non-Certification Seeking Students

The following track in Special Education is available only to International Students or others not pursuing Texas State Certification.

ACADEMIC SPECIALIZATION    (18 credit hours)

 

READ 5338

Studies in the Diagnosis and Clinical Correction of Reading Issues

 

or  

 

READ 6330

Foundations in Reading

     

 

SPED 5310

Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies

  SPED 5320 Teaching the Underachiever
  SPED 5330 Pedagogy of Special Education
  SPED 5332 Reading: Diagnosing and Correcting Reading Difficulties with Clinical Experience
  SPED 5350 Classroom and Behavioral Management Strategies

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AREA   (9 credit hours)

 

EDUC 5344

Diagnosing Learning Different Children

 

EDUC 6302

Research in Education (S-L)

 

EDUC 6306

Curriculum Design and Evaluation

 

 

 

RESOURCE AREA   (9 credit hours)

 

EDAD 6312

School Law

  or  
 

EDUC 6304

Improvement of Instruction

 

EDUC 6308

The School and the Multicultural American Society

 

SPED 6360

Supervision of Special Education Instruction

 

 

 

REQUIRED  

 

EDUC 6010

Professional Portfolio

 

 

 

TOTAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS  -  36 hours

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


Dual Master's Degrees

Earn two degrees with the efficiency of learning

available through a dual degree program!

 

 

Master's Degrees

& Programs:

Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Management
M.Ed. in Bilingual Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed. in Special Education
M.A. in Sport Management
M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Communication
M.A. in Counseling
Master of Liberal Arts
Master of Professional Development

Master's Degrees and Programs available through the Graduate School of Ministry:

M.A. Children's Ministry
M.A. in Christian Education
M.A. in Christian Ministry
M.A. in Family Ministry
M.A. in Global Leadership
M.A. in Student Ministry
M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Worship Leadership

Master's Degrees and Programs available through the Gary Cook School of Leadership:

M.Ed. in Higher Education

M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Christian Ministry
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Counseling
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Children's Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Children's Ministry / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Children's Ministry / Master of Liberal Arts
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Christian Ministry
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Counseling
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Global Leadership
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Christian Education / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Christian Education / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Communication
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Global Leadership
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Student Ministry
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Christian Ministry / M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Christian Ministry / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Communication / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Communication / M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. in Communication / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Communication / M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Communication / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Student Ministry
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Global Leadership / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Global Leadership / Master of Business Administration
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Management / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Management
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Teaching
M.A. in Student Ministry / M.A. in Theological Studies
M.A. in Student Ministry/M.A. in Worship Leadership
M.A. in Student Ministry/M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Teaching / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.A. in Theological Studies / M.A. in Worship Leadership
Master of Business Administration / M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
Master of Business Administration / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Higher Education
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in School Counseling
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership / M.Ed. in Special Education
M.Ed. in Higher Education / M.Ed. in Kinesiology
M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language / M.Ed. in Special Education
 

College of Education

UPCOMING EVENTS

Educator Preparation Board

Fall 2014: December 11
Spring 2015: April 29

Application to Graduate Deadline

Spring 2015: November 5

Portfolio Workshop

Fall 2014: TBA
DBU Main Campus
Strickland 216


 

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