Master of Education in Special Education (Instructional Specialist Focus)

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Degree Requirements

I. Background Requirements and Transfer Courses (if applicable; See Note)

Course Number Course Name Course Prerequisites Grade SEMTaken
    

 

II. Required Core Coursework (24 semester credit hours)

Course Number

Course Name

Course Prerequisites

Grade

SEMTaken

EDSE

5321

Accommodating Diverse Populations in the Classroom

None

EDSE

5322

Educational Testing and Measurement

EDSE 5321

EDSE

5324

Designing Instructional & Behavioral Programs for Spec Educ

EDSE 5321

EDSE

5325

Development and Disability

EDSE 5321

EDSE

EDSE

 5326

 (5351)

Behavioral Aspects of Classroom Organization and Management

(OR) Advanced Behavioral Analysis and Intervention (SP)

EDSE 5321

EDSE 5321, 5322

EDSE

5327

Special Populations: Legislation, Litigation, & Advocacy

EDSE 5321

EDSE

5328

Practicum in Special Education (Instructional)

EDSE 5321 & 15 hrs of EDSE

EDED

5329

Educational Research

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III. Additional Coursework (12 semester credit hours in Specialty/Support Field)

Course Number

Course Name

Course Prerequisites

Grade

SEMTaken

    

Support Fields include: Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Early Childhood, Education/Instructional Technology, Reading, Special Education, Counseling, & Educational Administration

IV. Graduation Option (Initial one)

A. Graduate Research Project

________ (EDSE 5305; Requires 3 semester credit hours in addition to the mandatory 36 credit hour coursework; Field Application Product

with graduate level research project paper)

B. Thesis

________ (EDSE 5306; Requires 6 semester credit hours in addition to the mandatory 36 credit hour coursework; Research Based Application

with thesis submission)

C. Non-Thesis

________ (Requires mandatory 36 credit hour coursework; focus on theory and field application)

NOTE

1) Total number of hours for the Master’s degree in Special Education is 36.

2) Students with the appropriate background in Education or a related human service field generally will not be required to take background requirements for the degree. Students who are admitted to the program without appropriate background courses must take required background courses. Background courses must be approved by the Graduate Advisor of Record.

3) Students pursuing the Graduate Research Project Option are required to enroll in EDSE 5305 once for a total of 3 hours of graduate research project design. This requires the student to complete 39 credit hours for the degree (rather than 36).

4) Students pursuing the Thesis Option are required to enroll for EDSE 5306 twice for a total of 6 hours of thesis. This requires that the student complete 42 credit hours for the degree (rather than 36).

5) With departmental approval, a maximum of six hours of coursework already taken and passed with a B or better in an equivalent course at the graduate level at another university or in another education--related degree program may be applied to the degree and must be transferred during the first semester of study at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO. No class counted toward another degree can be used to satisfy the requirements of the M.Ed. in Special Education. Classes applied to another graduate degree may serve as substitutes for up to 6 hours of core classes with the student’s advisor’s approval. Students will need to provide copies of the course syllabus/i, transcript indicating completion and grade (and whether the course was used to satisfy requirements for another degree), and relevant work from the course (e.g., course paper, exam, evaluations).

6) Every Master’s degree candidate at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO is required to pass a Comprehensive Exam in order to be awarded the Master’s degree. This examination is typically taken during the last or next to the last semester of enrollment. In order to qualify to take the Comprehensive Examination, students must:

a) have an official signed Advising Plan on file signed by student and student’s program advisor;
b) have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better;
c) be in good academic standing at TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-SAN ANTONIO (not on scholastic probation or enforced withdrawal);
d) have completed all required courses with the exception of EDSE 5365;
e) complete an application for Comprehensive Exam in the College of Education office

7) Applications for graduation must be done in the semester prior to when graduation is anticipated and follow university procedures including comprehensive examinations. See Graduate Advisor for additional information.

8) A master’s degree student must complete all requirements for each specific graduate degree within five years of initial registration for that degree. Graduate credits older than those stipulated are not applicable toward a graduate degree without written approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. (Taken from the Graduate catalogue.)

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