Special Education with Master's

For:

Teachers with a desire to develop the skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with special education students.

Program Highlights & Benefits:

  • Face-to-face classes meet one night per week, same night entire program
  • Face-to-face classes meet from 4:45 to 8:45 PM
  • Accelerated format – can be completed in as little as 5 semesters
  • No thesis required, action research project in lieu of thesis

What You Learn:

Since its inception at Carson-Newman, the graduate program in education has been preparing educators for service as teachers, counselors, and administrators in PreK-12 schools. In line with the vision and mission of the University and of the unit, the graduate programs seek to prepare caring and professionally competent teachers and school leaders who feel called to bring about positive change and serve as mentors and role models. Candidates will: 1) use research findings from the professional literature, knowledge of best practice, and action research to reflect upon and make informed decisions about their own practice; 2) use technology as a tool to maximize student learning; manage professional responsibilities for oneself and others; and promote their own and others’ continued professional development for leadership roles; 3) effectively use varied assessment strategies to meet the needs of all children and teachers and to promote overall school improvement; 4) respectfully consider the needs of children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds to serve as change agents to ensure that all students learn; and 5) facilitate desirable relationships between home, school, and community in order to improve the overall quality of schools as places for learning for all students.

How You Learn:

Blended Format: When you enroll in a blended cohort, you will take the core courses for the degree in a face-to-face offering. These courses meet one night a week, from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. You will take the remaining courses for your degree online. These courses will not require face-to-face class meetings; you will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one course every 8 weeks. During the summer, you will complete up to four courses, and some 8-week courses. All courses in the summer are online. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 5 semesters.

Online Format: This is an online program; you will log in regularly to complete assignments and participate in online discussions and group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 8 weeks. During the summer, you will complete up to four courses, and some 8-week courses. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 5 semesters.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program and passing of the Special Education Praxis, students will have earned an M.Ed. degree with an emphasis in Special Education and add on the Special Education K-12 endorsement, modified and comprehensive.

Degree Requirements:

Number Title Hours
EDUC 638 Foundations of Leadership 3
EDUC 561 Effective Home, School, and Community Relations 3
Choose one:
EDUC 672 Evaluation for Continuous Improvement 3
EDUC 531 Evaluation of Learning 3
SPED 625 Managing Challenging Behaviors 3
SPED 617 Characteristics/Needs of Low Incidence Disabilities 3
EDUC 630 Educational Research 3
SPED 616 Characteristics/Needs of Disabilities 3
EDUC 622 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems 3
EDUC 635 Integrating Research and Learning 3
SPED 519 Assessment and Diagnosis of Exceptional Children 3
SPED 524 Techniques for Inclusion of Diverse Learners 3
ELECTIVE Choose an online elective from M.Ed. course offerings 3
  Total for Degree: 36

Please Note:

The degree requirements listed above are tentative and are subject to change.