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MA in Special EducationOnline Programs » Masters and Doctorals » College of Education »

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Special education is a unique and challenging profession. Candidates in special education learn to teach students the skills needed to fully participate in their school, community, and workplace.

Course Description

Course work combines on-campus learning with field learning experiences to prepare candidates to work with people with disabilities ages 5 to 21. Special Educators plan and deliver instruction designed to meet each student's individual needs. They also have opportunities to work with individual students, co-teach within general education classrooms, consult with general educators, accommodate and modify general education curricula, and collaborate with parents and other professionals.

Department of Special Education programs are accredited by:
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Course Curriculum

The program consists of 40 credit hours to earn an MA in Special Education.
  • SPED 5002 - Professional Seminar in Special Education
  • SPED 5003 - Classroom & Instructional Management
  • SPED 5004 - Self-Determination & Transition
  • SPED 5010 - Multisensory Structured Language Education
  • SPED 5011 - Assessment & Instructional Monitoring
  • SPED 5012 - Differentiated Instruction
  • SPED 5020 - Significant Support Needs
  • SPED 5021 - Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
  • SPED 5022 - Consultation & Collaboration
  • SPED 5031 - Elementary/Secondary Student Teaching (Campus only)*
  • LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics
  • SPED 5090 - Consultation & Collaboration (Campus only)
  • SPED 5091 - Elementary/Secondary Student Teaching (Campus only)
*4 credit course

The Department only allows up to nine credits to be taken online unless special arrangements are made.

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