This major is designed to prepare special education professionals for leadership positions and for advanced professional studies. To be eligible for the Special Education Consultant endorsement the student must have four years of successful teaching experience, two of which must be congruent with the desired Special Education Consultant endorsement. Students desiring to be endorsed as Work Experience Coordinators must hold a Special Education Teaching 5-12 endorsement.
Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Special Education for any other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at http://www.grad.uni.edu/admission.
The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.
This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for both thesis and non-thesis options.
Students on the thesis option must complete 6 hours of 220:299 Research and present a defense of the thesis. Students on the non-thesis option must submit an acceptable graduate research paper and successfully complete a final written comprehensive examination.
Required professional core:
Measurement and Research: 250:205.....3 hours
Required special education core:
Special Education: 220:289.....3 hours
Emphasis in special education (choose one from below).....21 hours
Field Specialization Emphasis
Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....12 hours
Special Education Consultant Emphasis
Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....6-7 hours
Career/Vocational Programming and Transition Emphasis
Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....9 hours