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Master of Science

The Master of Science program is designed for persons who desire to improve their teaching skills, understand applied research, and who are contemplating an advanced degree beyond the master's. Generally speaking, M.S. theses differ from M.Ed. creative projects in that they are experimental research. That is, a study is designed to determine the relationship between an independent variable (i.e., an intervention or treatment) and a dependent variable (i.e., a target behavior). The intent of such research is to contribute knowledge to the field of special education and to improve services for people with disabilities.

Kelsey Chlarson, Thesis 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.

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Thesis Requirements