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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Special Education (M.A.)


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Typically students seek the Master’s degree in special education while pursuing certification in one or more areas. A degree of flexibility provides additional opportunities for those not needing or wanting certification. Students wishing to pursue a Master of Arts degree in special education may select from the following specializations or options: emotional/behavior disorders, mental disabilities, learning disabilities, multi-categorical, gifted, and early childhood special education. Students should discuss these options with an advisor at the time of application to the program. Students who do not hold either elementary or secondary education certification will need additional coursework for K-12 Special Education certification in South Dakota. (Students with secondary teaching certification will need SPED 526 Advanced Methods and Materials for Secondary Students with Disabilities.)

Master of Arts, Special Education, Plan B (non–thesis): Total 32-44 credit hours


  • Special Education core 13-25 credit hours
  • Certification based on Sec. Ed. Teaching Cert. 0-2 credit hours
  • Specialized coursework 8-14 credit hours
  • Additional Supporting courses outside of area 5 credit hours

Note


 - Plan A (thesis) also available. Four credit hours of thesis are required in lieu of an elective.

MA in Special Education – Early Childhood Special Education Specialization: Total 33 credit hours


MA in Special Education – Advanced Specialist in Disabilities Specialization: Total 32 credit hours


MA in Special Education – Multicategorical SPED K–12 Specialization: Total 34 credit hours


(For students with initial teaching licensure in ELED or SEED)

Master of Special Education areas of Emphasis


Prerequisites

  1. Students must have Child Growth and Development or Adolescent Growth and Development as a prerequisite at the undergraduate level or must take one of these courses at the graduate level as a support course.
  2. A graduate level practicum (i.e., 1 to 3 credits) may be required early in their program, at the direction of the student’s program advisor, for students with limited experience working with individuals with disabilities or who have not completed an undergraduate student teaching in special education.
  3. Students who are applying for endorsement in this area of special education must complete the PPST, PLT, and specific special education specialty exams.

Learning Disabilities Emphasis: 44 credit hours


Specialized Coursework: 9 credit hours


Supporting Coursework: 8 credit hours


Special Education Core (see above): 25 credit hours


Certification Based on Secondary Teaching Certificate


Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Emphasis: 44 credit hours


Supporting Coursework: 8 credit hours


Special Education Core (see above): 25 credit hours


Certification Based on Secondary Teaching Certificate


Mental Disabilities Emphasis: 44 credit hours


Supporting Coursework: 8 credit hours


Special Education Core (see above): 25 credit hours


Certification Based on Secondary Teaching Certificate


Gifted Education Emphasis Plan B (non–thesis): Total 32 credit hours


  • Gifted Education core 24 credit hours
  • Supporting courses 8 credit hours

Six credit hours from the following:


Supporting Courses


Supporting courses to be taken from courses with prefix other than SEED. One SPED, one ELED, and one technology. 8 credit hours required.

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