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Special Education - Learning Disabilities with Teacher Certification Concentration (MA)

Description

The Master of Arts with a major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities with Teacher Certification Concentration program is designed to meet the needs of teachers who wish to prepare themselves for working with individuals experiencing specific and general learning problems at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students. It also presents a means for supervisors and administrators to develop leadership skills in the areas of special education-learning disabilities.

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    Admission Requirements

    The requirements for admission to graduate study in special education are a 3.0 grade point average and fulfillment of requirements for a state teaching certificate, or a background of education and experience satisfactory to the department. Applicants for programs in special education will be required to give evidence of their ability to pursue a professional career in the area chosen for study by submitting three letters of recommendation.

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    Master of Arts with a Major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities with Elementary Teacher Certification Concentration

    This program is for those persons not having an elementary teaching certificate who wish to obtain an elementary teaching certificate, a special education endorsement in learning disabilities, and a Master of Arts with a major in special education - learning disabilities. The program combines the required courses for elementary teacher certification, the special education endorsement, and Master of Arts with a major in learning disabilities. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students in the inclusionary setting.

    Degree Requirements

    The following 75 semester hours of coursework comprise the program and lead to elementary teacher certification, a Master of Arts with a major in special education - learning disabilities, and an endorsement in learning disabilities. A content-area teaching minor of 20-24 credits is required.

    Learning Disabilities

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • SED 5670 Teaching Math and Language Arts (3 credits)
    • SED 5630 Identification and Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5710 Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SED 5760 Educating the Learning Disabled (3 credits)
    • SED 5850 Research and Response to Intervention (3 credits)
    • SED 5860 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students (3 credits)
    • SED 5870 Research Seminar (3 credits)
    • SED 6600 Learning Disabilities Clinical Experience (6 credits)

    Elementary Teacher Certification

    • EDU 5001 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5010 Integration of the Arts (3 credits)
    • EDU 5022 Elementary Science Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5023 Elementary Social Studies Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5024 Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools (3 credits)
    • EDU 5025 Elementary Language Arts (3 credits)
    • EDU 5026 Elementary Mathematics Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5027 Physical and Health Education Methods (2 credits)
    • EDU 5130 Principles Learning, Development & Adjustment (3 credits)
    • EDU 5140 Society and Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU 5800 Elementary Clinical Experience (6 credits)
    • EDU 6000 Computer Use in Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons (3 credits)

    Total: 80 Credits

    The following list of courses* (or their equivalent) are also required for elementary certification:

    Required Supportive Courses for Elementary Teacher Certification

    • BIO 1030 Environmental Science (3 credits)
    • CHM 1030 Chemistry in Society (3 credits)
    • CST 1010 Fundamentals of Speech (3 credits)
    • ECN 1000 Introduction to Economics (3 credits)
    • ENL 1310Academic Writing (3 credits)
    • ENL 2350 Study of Fiction (3 credits)
    • ENL 2450 Study of Poetry (3 credits)
    • ENL 3900 Children's Literature (3 credits)
    • GEO 2110 World Regional Geography (3 credits)
    • HIS 2500 United States History to 1877 (3 credits)
    • HIS 2640 Comparative Civilizations (3 credits)
    • MED 4770 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics I (3 credits)
    • MED 4780 Concepts of Elementary School Mathematics II (3 credits)
    • MTH 1010 Algebra (3 credits)
    • PHY 1080 History of the Universe (3 credits)
    • POL 2010 Introduction to Law and the Judiciary (3 credits)

    *Note: The above list of undergraduate courses are not included in the MA degree but are required for general education elementary teacher certification.

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    Master of Arts with a Major in Special Education - Learning Disabilities with Secondary Teacher Certificate Concentration

    This program is for those persons not having a secondary teaching certificate who wish to obtain a secondary teaching certificate, a special education endorsement in learning disabilities, and a Master of Arts with a major in special education - learning disabilities. The program combines the required courses for secondary teacher certification, the special education endorsement and Master of Arts with a major in learning disabilities. Additionally, it prepares teachers to meet the needs of exceptional students in the inclusionary setting.

    Degree Requirements

    The following 72 semester hours of coursework comprise the program and lead to secondary teacher certification, a Master of Arts with a major in special education - learning disabilities and an endorsement in learning disabilities. A content-area teaching minor of 20-24 credits is required.

    Learning Disabilities

    • EDU 5000 Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    • EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • SED 5670 Teaching Math and Language Arts (3 credits)
    • SED 5630 Identification and Assessment in Special Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5710 Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
    • SED 5760 Educating the Learning Disabled (3 credits)
    • SED 5850 Research & Response to Intervention (3 credits)
    • SED 5860 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students (3 credits)
    • SED 5870 Research Seminar (3 credits)
    • SED 6600 Learning Disabilities Clinical Experience (6 credits)

    Secondary Teacher Certification

    • EDU 5001 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5031 Secondary Methods (3 credits)
    • EDU 5032 Secondary Mathematics Methods (3 credits) or
    • EDU 5033 Secondary Social Studies Methods (3 credits) or
    • EDU 5034 Secondary English Methods (3 credits) or
    • EDU 5035 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • EDU 5130 Principles Learning, Development & Adjustment (3 credits)
    • EDU 5140 Society and Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 5250 Educational Policy Studies (3 credits)
    • EDU 5780 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • EDU 5801 Secondary Clinical Experience (6 credits)
    • EDU 6000 Computer Use in Education (3 credits)
    • SED 5600 Educating and Mainstreaming Exceptional Persons (3 credits)

    Total: 72 credits

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    Second Special Education Endorsement

    An endorsement emotionally impaired/behaviorally disordered may be obtained if a teacher possesses a teaching certificate in special education. Completion of the following approved program for the respective area of endorsement desired is required. The following 22 credit hours of either respective program must be completed to receive each specific endorsement.

    Endorsement: Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered

    • EDU 5260 Collaboration & Consultation in Education (3 credits)
    • EDU 6310 School and Classroom Management (3 credits)
    • SED 5120 Transitions: Special Education in Middle and Secondary Schools (3 credits)
    • SED 5810 Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered (3 credits)
    • SED 5820 Educating the Severely Emotionally Impaired/Behaviorally Disordered/Autistic Student (3 credits)
    • SED 5830 Educating the Emotionally Impaired (3 credits)
    • SED 5880 Emotional Impaired and Behavioral Disordered Practicum (4 credits)

    Program Prerequisites: EDU 5130, EDU 6000, SED 5600, SED 5630, SED 5850

    Total: 22 credits

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Alan Grigg, Ed.D.

Reno Hall, Room 243
McNichols Campus

Email: griggae@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1475
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website

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