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The Master of Education degree program is designed for persons who desire a graduate program that will help them improve their competencies as educators. This includes school personnel as well as individuals involved in education-related activities across a variety of community, work, and clinical settings. The M.Ed. degree focuses on refining school practices in terms of instruction and management practices, legal requirements, and professional collaboration. All candidates must complete a creative project.

Summer Gunn, Creative Project of the Year Winner, 2012

Electives (12 credits)

All master's students are required to enroll in courses that support their area(s) of interest. Courses may either be taken in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation or in other departments.

Course work taken post bachelors degree can be applied from licensure or endorsement areas such as:
  • Early Childhood
  • Reading
  • Mild/Moderate
  • English as a Second Language
  • Severe Disabilities
  • Administrative/Supervisory
  • Dual Sensory Impairments
Course work can be applied from a single program or accrued across departments such as:
  • Family and Human Development
  • Instructional Technology
  • Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • Sociology or Social Work
  • Secondary Education
  • Program Evaluation

Note: The rationale for offering credit in supporting areas is to provide students with the opportunity to identify and cultivate expertise in specific area(s) of study. To accomplish this goal master's students should identify their interests and then with their advisor carefully identify courses to explore their interests.

Master's Program Elective Course Credit Policy

Twelve of the thirty six credits associated with the Distance Master's degree program in Special Education are elective credits. The criteria used to determine if a course qualifies for elective credit is, the course number is 5000 level or above and the course is educationally relevant.

No more than six elective credits may come from nontraditional courses, (e.g., workshops, conferences, institutes, PBS, UEN, KUED). All nontraditional courses must be graded and be affiliated with a university graduate program. Finally, all nontraditional courses must be pre-approved by a students' graduate committee to determine if the course qualifies for elective credit.

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Creative Project Requirements