Catalog 2010-2012

Special Education

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

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:

  Educational Psychology: 200:214 or Social Foundations: 260:234.....3 hours

  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

30 hours


Field Specialization Emphasis


  Special Education: 220:256 or 220:260; 220:293; 220:295.....9 hours

Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....12 hours

21 hours


Special Education Consultant Emphasis


  Elementary, Early Childhood, and Middle Level Education: 210:221 or 210:270.....3 hours

  Special Education: 220:240; 220:245; 220:290 (5-6 hrs.).....11-12 hours

Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....6-7 hours

21 hours


Career/Vocational Programming and Transition Emphasis


  Special Education: 220:254; 220:290 (3 hrs.); 220:293; 220:295.....12 hours

Approved electives (6 hrs. of 220:299 Research required on thesis option).....9 hours

21 hours