Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6 (Professional Certification), M.S.Ed.

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Program Contact

Dr. Carol Willard, Program Coordinator
302B Park Hall


The Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6 (Professional Certification) program is in the Curriculum and Instruction Department, which is one of six departments in the School of Education. Visit the program admissions page to apply. 

Program Description

This program focuses on developing your abilities to maximize learning for students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities through specialized planning and instruction matched to individual learner characteristics. You will develop valuable collaboration and co-teaching competencies to support students with disabilities in general education classrooms grades 1-6.

You will extend your specialized professional development through courses and field experiences for serving students who have autism and other complex developmental disabilities, and for assessment, data-based decision making, positive behavior interventions and assistive technology for a wide range of learners.

Note: This is a masters program for individuals who hold an initial certificate in Childhood Special Education.

MSED, Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6 Program, Professional Certification(30 cr)

Additional Information


Candidates accepted into the Childhood Special Education Grades 1-6 (Professional Certification) must apply for Degree Candidacy after completing 12-18 credits in the program. Any coursework taken in excess of 18 credits without candidacy is liable to forfeiture.  An overall cumulative average of 3.0 or better is required to qualify for degree candidacy as well as meeting program specifications, such as professional development and conditional acceptance requirements. The Degree Candidacy Application is submitted to the Graduate Studies Office and subsequently sent to the appropriate department for review.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training  
  • Safe Schools, Healthy Students (SSHS) Training  
  • School of Education Professional Dispositions
  • Program Comprehensive Exam
  • Professional Presentation or Manuscript
  • Student Teaching: Twenty-one credit hours of Special Education course work must be completed with a B- or better prior to student teaching. Candidates will receive one placement that is cooperatively supervised by a college supervisor and the cooperating teacher. Candidates earn either a Satisfactory or an Unsatisfactory grade. Candidates who earn a grade of Unsatisfactory in SPE 591 Student Teaching will not be permitted to repeat the course a second time.

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