Special Ed. Master's w/ SLD Licensure

For:

Individuals who hold a valid Minnesota teaching license and who wish to expand their teaching skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with students with specific learning disabilities.

What You Learn:

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication, standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management and academic competence.

How You Learn:

This program is an online cohort. In general, you will finish one 3 credit hour course every 7-8 weeks. Face to face meetings are not required; however, a weekly one hour synchronous audio/visual chat is required. You will still complete one 3 credit course every 7 weeks.

Career Outcomes

Students can earn a Master of Arts in Special Education with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Licensure (30 Credit Hours). Students who are not looking to earn a Master’s degree can obtain a Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) licensure without a Master’s degree (24 Credit Hours).

Degree Requirements:

Master of Arts in Special Education with SLD Licensure

Course Title Hours
SPED 580 Ethical Issues for Professional Educators 3
SPED 581 Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
ED 521 Educational Research and Applications 3
SPED 583 Collaborative Teaching in Inclusive Settings 3
SPED 582 Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties 3
SPED 590 Teaching Students with Math or Language Difficulties 3
SPED 589 Collaborative Consultation in Special Education 3
SPED 586 Learners with Disabilities: Educational Assessment 3
SPED 591 Applied Experience in Learning Disabilities 6
ED 590 Conducting Research and Completing the Capstone 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Licensure Only

Course Title Hours
SPED 580 Ethical Issues for Professional Educators 3
SPED 581 Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 583 Collaborative Teaching in Inclusive Settings 3
SPED 582 Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties 3
SPED 590 Teaching Students with Math or Language Difficulties 3
SPED 589 Collaborative Consultation in Special Education 3
SPED 586 Learners with Disabilities: Educational Assessment 3
SPED 591 Applied Experience in Learning Disabilities 6
  Total Credit Hours: 27

Please Note:

This is not an official schedule and your cohort may take these courses in a different order.

The following course will be required if you have not previously taken courses for Reading Foundations and Assessment.

Course Title Hours
SPED 562 Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED 6