Special Education for Certified Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Teachers

Are you interested in acquiring new skills for working with your special education students?

This program is designed to help general educators more effectively work with students with special needs. Participants will learn about assessments for special education students, analysis of data, curriculum design and adaptation, and planning for differentiation.

Program Options Available for:


This 37-credit graduate program consists of 15 credits taken from the core courses, 10 credits in the specialization area, six credits in clinical courses, three credits in action research, and three credits taken from the elective courses in the master’s program.

In addition to completing the coursework, candidates must submit passing Praxis II scores (Content Area and Knowledge) prior to certificate completion.


ED 601 – Theories of Development: A Lifespan Perspective (3 credits)

ED 605 – Research Methods (3 credits)

ED 681 – Curriculum Development for a Multicultural Society (3 credits)

Select two courses (6 credits)

ED 602 – Social and Psychological Forces Affecting Youth (3 credits)

ED 603 – Personality Development and Self-Esteem (3 credits)

ED 604 – Contemporary Issues in Education (3 credits)


ED 606 – Action Research/Special Project (3 credits)


ED 688 – Educational Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Special Needs I (3 credits)

ED 690 – Curriculum Design and Adaptations for Students with Special Needs I (3 credits)

ED 691 – Curriculum Design and Adaptations for Students with Special Needs II (3 credits)

ED 698A – Special Project Seminar for Special Education (1 credit)


ED 651 – Educating for Character (1.5 credits)

ED 652 – Mediation of Conflict (1.5 credits)

ED 689 – Educational Assessment and Diagnosis of Students with Special Needs II (3 credits)


Select one course (3 credits)

ED 608PB – Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Inclusive Practices (3 credits)

ED 608PC – Differentiating Instruction: Responding to Every Student’s Needs (3 credits)

Specialization Standards

  1. Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences: Beginning special education professionals understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities.
  2. Learning Environments: Beginning special education professional create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.
  3. Curricular Content Knowledge: Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities.
  4. Assessment: Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions.
  5. Instructional Planning and Strategies: Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities.
  6. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: Beginning special educational professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.
  7. Collaboration: Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.