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M.S. in Education (Intense Interventions)

student at schurz libraryMaster of Science (M.S.) in Education (Intense Interventions)

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Education with a major in Special Education is designed for students (with a special education degree) seeking an advanced degree in special education in mild interventions (P-12) or intense interventions (P-12). The M.S. is designed to strengthen an individual’s competencies in special education and prepare them for positions of leadership in area schools and agencies working with individuals with disabilities.

Students complete a minimum of 36 credit hours for this degree. In most cases, graduate students may use some of the coursework taken for licensure toward their graduate degree in special education. Again, students are advised on an individual basis. Students interested in discussing degree requirements should contact the Education Advising Office to arrange an appointment. All degree-seeking students must apply separately for admission to the M.S. in Education, Special Education degree program. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while pursuing the degree.

Graduate Certification Students

Graduate students  with mild interventions licensure interested in completing a certification in intense interventions are advised on an individual basis. Students must complete an application for admission to the Graduate Certification Program in Intense Interventions. After completing an application, students should arrange for an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. In most cases, students must supply a transcript from their undergraduate degree program, and from all other postbaccalaureate programs, in order to plan an appropriate course of study with an advisor. Students must earn and maintain a 3.0 GPA while completing certification requirements.

Program Requirements (36 cr.)
Advance Requirements (18 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 512 Advanced Computer Technology for Special Education
  • EDUC-K 528 Special Education Law and Procedures
  • EDUC-K 534 Behavior Management of the Severely Handicapped
  • EDUC-K 538 Advanced Instructional Methodology for Special Educators
  • EDUC-K 565 Collaboration and Service Delivery
  • EDUC-P 519 Psycho-Educational Assessment of Exceptional Children

Content Requirements (9 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 530 Medical and Physical Management of Persons with Severe Disabilities; or
  • EDUC-K 590 Independent Study or Research in Special Education
    VT: Autism
  • EDUC-K 531 Teaching the Severely Handicapped I
  • EDUC-K 532 Teaching the Severely Handicapped II

Research Requirements (9 cr.)
  • EDUC-K 500 Topical Workshop in Special Education
  • EDUC-P 503 Introduction to Research
  • EDUC-Y 511 Action Research II: Independent Study

Note | Candidates seeking licensure in Intense Interventions must also take the following |

  • EDUC-K 595 Practicum in Special Education; and
  • EDUC-K 531 Teaching the Severely Handicapped I
  • EDUC-K 532 Teaching the Severely Handicapped II
  • EDUC-K 534 Behavior Management of the Severely Handicapped

Students must take the appropriate PRAXIS II Examination or other state-required examinations if seeking licensure. Students should check with their advisors before registering for any examination.

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