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    Aug 09, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Exceptional Student Education, M.A.

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This program is offered fully online.

Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 13.1001
Dept. Code: EDS
Major/College Codes: AVE ED
Approved 1985

This major shares core requirements with the M.A.T. in Exceptional Student Education.

Contact Information

College: Education
Department: Teaching and Learning

Contact Information:

The Master’s degree programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning prepare special education teacher leaders for work in public and private schools and in state, federal, or community settings. Specific areas of education and training include behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and varying exceptionalities (exceptional student education). The major is designed to ensure that all graduates are prepared to be reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and continuously learn from their own teaching; collaborative professionals who affirm diversity; knowledgeable of theory and research; and skilled in the best practices of special education. Graduates of this major will have advanced clinical and pedagogical skills in working with children with disabilities and their families. The major is structured so that students can maintain full-time employment while pursuing their degrees through on-line course delivery. After admission to a major, the candidate and the department advisor together chart a program of study incorporating both core requirements and courses of specific interest to the student. All majors stress field application.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue an M.A. degree in education.
  • At least one (1) letter of recommendation from a person who has observed the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth.

Curriculum Requirements

Plan I
The M.A. degree program in Exceptional Student Education is a 36-hour major, designed for students with an undergraduate degree  in education.  This major is delivered fully online.   Students usually take one or two courses a semester and complete their program of study within two to four years.  Students are required to take courses two of the three semesters each calendar year and they must complete their program of study within 57 years of their admission date.

Total Minimum hours:        36 Credit Hours

Core – 6 Credit Hours
Specialization - 21 Credit Hours
Varying Exceptionalities – 3 Credit Hours
Electives – 6 Credit Hours


Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Examination

A project is required to fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement and is completed in EEX 6943  .

Plan III

This option is available for students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in education.

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