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Special Education

Designed For

Professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of special education programs and practices. Classes are available online and hybrid model to accommodate the working professional.

Your Future

Teacher leadership in the field of special education; special education administration.

Concentration Area Advisement

Dr. James Gentry,

The Program

The 30 hour Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree includes a combination of online and hybrid coursework. Additional leveling courses may be required.

Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDU 503 Foundations of Curriculum
3 EDU 538 Curriculum Design and Implementation
3 EDU 598 Techniques of Research
3 EDU 585 Action Research Project
Credit Hours Subject Course Course Title
3 EDSP 505 Introduction to Exceptional Learners
3 EDSP 511

Behavior Management in Special Education Environments

3 EDSP 513 Advanced Study in Learning Disabilities
3 EDTC 549 Educational Media and Technology
3 EDSP 515 Advanced Study of Developmental Disabilities
3 RDG 575 Literacy Assessment OR
EDU 550 Assessment Issues for Educational Leaders

Thesis Requirements (offered to interested students)
Full admission to the C&I M.ED. program;
Concentration area program requirements AND 6 hours EDUC 5388;
Permission from concentration area advisor, committee chair, C&I department chair;
Thesis guidelines

Graduate Capstone Project


EDUC 5385 Action Research Project


Demonstration of proficiency in the application of program goals and concentration area content.


The student will

  • Identify a problem to solve (related to the student’s practice),
  • Review of the current research related to the  problem,
  • Gather and analyze data related to the problem
  • Report the findings
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations for further action.

Comprehensive Exam Information

The graduate comprehensive exam assess attainment of the graduate program goals in both core and concentration areas.  The exam measure the knowledge and experiences gained in graduate programs as a student, as well as the degree to which knowledge and experiences can be applied to real world practice and education professionals.



Concentration area advisors direct students’ enrollment advisement and release of advising holds up to the point students select a faculty committee.


During the semester enrolled in EDUC 5398 Techniques of Research, students should select faculty committees. Once selected the student’s committee chair serves as advisor for enrollment and coordinates assessment of capstone project and comprehensive exam.

Concentration Area Advisement: Dr. James Gentry,