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The mission of the Educational Specialist degree in Special Education is to provide an advanced degree in specialized areas of educational programming for children and youth with exceptionalities. The program meets the needs of postmaster's degree students who wish to assume leadership roles in schools and agencies that provide special education and related services to children, youth, and adults who have disabilities.
The Ed.S. degree program is designed for the accomplished, experienced practitioner with specific professional aspirations. It is not designed for those who wish to pursue a research emphasis as a prelude to doctoral study.
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- Master's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum 3.250 GPA is recommended) for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- GRE scores (minimum score of 50th percentile is recommended)
- Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score
- Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Attain the background knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to advance their ability to identify and plan evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners.
- Increase their proficiency with the pedagogical and decision-making skills necessary to implement evidence-based educational practices for exceptional learners.
- Attain an appropriate level of expertise in methods of assessment relevant to providing special education to exceptional learners in schools.
- Articulate professional positions on critical legal, policy, and practice issues in special education that are grounded in logical analysis, empirical research and the ethical foundations of the field.
|Program Elective 1||3|
|Statistics and Research Design Elective, choose from the following: 1||3|
|STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES|
|QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN|
|RESEARCH APPLICATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|Major Area of Study Electives, choose from the following: 1||12|
|PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|CURRICULUM AND INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES|
|FOUNDATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES|
|ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES|
|INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|CURRICULUM METHODS FOR TRANSITION PLANNING AND COLLABORATION|
|ANALYSIS OF THE LITERATURE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|Minor Area of Study Electives, choose from the following: 1||12|
|FOUNDATIONS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING|
|COUNSELING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES|
|PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF SUPERVISION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT|
|LEGAL AND POLICY FOUNDATIONS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||30|
All electives, including additional coursework, must be approved by the student's Ed.S. degree committee.
- Upon admission to the Ed.S. degree program, students will be assigned an advisor.
- Minimum 6 credit hours of coursework in statistics and research design are required.