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Masters of Education in Special Education Requirements

The primary purpose of the Master of Education in Special Education is to provide individuals who already possess, or are eligible for, a current Alaska teaching certificate with specific training in the areas of special education. Special education candidates will progress through a series of developmentally sequenced field experiences for the full range of ages, types and levels of abilities and collaborative opportunities. All students in the program will demonstrate knowledge of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) content standards for Special Education Teachers.

Master of Education In Special Education

Minimum requirements for M.Ed.: 36 credits

The primary purpose of this program is to prepare Special Educators at the graduate level with specific training in the areas of disabilities, assessment, interventions strategies, current law, and implementation of programs including development of legally defensible federal IDEA documents. Completion of this program meets requirements for Alaska Licensure as a Special Education Teacher. Students will have mastery of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards for special education teachers which are: Foundations in Special Education, Development and Characteristics of Learners, Individual Learning Differences, Instructional Strategies, Learning Environments and Social Interactions, Communication, Instructional Planning, Assessment, and Professional and Ethical Practice.

The program, which shares a strong common core with the Special Education Master of Education programs at UAA and UAS, provides development in collaboration/consultation models and program development in multicultural settings. The Master of Education program consists of 36 credits.

Program Requirements


  1. Complete the following admission requirements:
    • Admission requirements for the graduate program.
    • Current Alaska teaching certificate or eligibility for a current Alaska teaching certificate.

2.  Prerequisite:  EDSE F482--Inclusive Classroom for All Children or comparable transfer course--3 credits

  1. Complete the general university requirements.
  2. Complete the M.Ed. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following:
    EDSE F610--Assessment of Students with Disabilities--3 credits
    EDSE F612--Curriculum and Strategies I: Low Incidence--3 credits
    EDSE F622--Curriculum and Strategies II: High Incidence--3 credits
    EDSE F632--Special Education Law: Principles and Practices--3 credits
  4. Complete one of the following:
    EDSE F625--Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners (3)
         or EDSE F605--Early Childhood Special Education (3)
         or EDSE F677--Reading Assessment, Curriculum, and Strategies--3 credits
  5. Complete one of the following:
    EDSE F624--Social/Emotional Development, Assessment and Intervention (3)
         or EDSE F633--Autism: Communication and Social Disorders (3)
         or EDSE F640--Collaboration and Consultative Methods (3)
         or EDSE F642--Autism and Asperger Syndrome: Social and Behavioral Issues (3)--3 credits
  6. Complete two graduate level special education electives approved by candidate’s graduate committee. – 6 credits
  7. Complete the following courses:
       EDSE F680—Special Education Clinical Practice –3credits

EDSE F681--Special Education Portfolio**--3 credits
ED F601--Introduction to Applied Social Science Research--3 credits
ED F603--Field Study Research Methods (3)

   or ED/CCS F604—Documenting Indigenous Knowledge Systems –3 credits

   10.   Complete comprehensive examination***
  1. Minimum credits required--36 credits

* Additional fee required. Charges are added to fee statements every semester.

** Students pursuing a K-12 Special Education certificate must complete a Clinical Practice and Portfolio in a public school setting.

***Must be enrolled in 3 graduate credits the semester the comprehensive exam is completed.

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Joanne Healy,
Sep 10, 2013, 11:47 AM
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