Graduate students in special education take the following courses. The curriculum varies depending on whether you have a current valid professional educator license.

Curriculum for Candidates Without a Current Valid Professional Educator License
Course # Course Title Credits
ECE/SPED 500 Child Growth and Development 3
ECE/SPED 503 Child, Family and Community Relationships 3
SPED 526 Psycho-Educational Diagnosis (Ages 3 to 21) 4
SPED 643 History, Philosophy and Legal Foundations of Special Education 3
SPED 646 Special Education Internship and Seminar in Special Education 1
SPED 649 Psychology and Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 654 Academic Methods for Early Childhood–Elementary Level Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 655 Academic Methods for Middle and Secondary Level Students with Disabilities 2
ECE/SPED 656 Collaboration and Adaptation in General Education Settings 2
SPED 658 Fostering Development of Pro-social Behavior 2
SPED 659 Managing Challenging Behavior 3
SPED 663 Planning and Assessment in Special Education 2
SPED 664 Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 702 Clinical Practice Seminar in Special Education 1
SPED 703 Clinical Practice in Special Education 4
EDU 533 Reading and Writing Instruction and Improvement 3
EDU 560 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum 3
Curriculum for Candidates With a Current Valid Professional Educator License
Course # Course Title Credits
ECE/SPED 503 Child, Family and Community Relationships 3
SPED 526 Psycho-Educational Diagnosis (Ages 3–21) 4
SPED 643 History, Philosophy and Legal Foundations of Special Education 3
SPED 646 Special Education Internship and Seminar in Special Education 1
SPED 649 Psychology and Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 654 Academic Methods for Early Childhood–Elementary Level Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 655 Academic Methods for Middle and Secondary Level Students with Disabilities 2
SPED 656 Collaboration and Adaptation in General Education Settings 2
SPED 658 Fostering Development of Pro-social Behavior 2
SPED 659 Managing Challenging Behavior 3
SPED 663 Planning and Assessment in Special Education 2
SPED 664 Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
EDU 533* Reading and Writing Instruction and Improvement 3
EDU 560 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum 3

*EDU 533 Reading and Writing Instruction and Improvement is not required for those who hold elementary teaching certificates or those who have taken a reading methodology course.

Curriculum for Candidates with a Current Valid Professional Educator License with LBS 1 Endorsement Who Want to Pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education
Course # Course Title Credits
SPED 526 Psycho-Educational Diagnosis (Ages 3 to 21) 4
EDU 560 Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum 3
SPED 606 Research 3
SPED 656 Collaboration and Adaptation in General Education Settings 2

Choose a minimum of two of the following methods courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
SPED 664 Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 654 Academic Methods for Early Childhood–Elementary Level Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 655 Academic Methods for Middle and Secondary Level Students with Disabilities 2
SPED 658 Fostering Development in Prosocial Behavior 2
SPED 659 Managing Challenging Behavior 3
Areas of Concentration for Candidates with a Current Valid Professional Educator License with LBS 1 Endorsement 

Individuals may choose to select a concentration of courses that address characteristics and methodology in disabilities that expand the scope of their original special education endorsement. Possible areas of concentration include:

  • Bilingual and/or ESL
  • General Education Classrooms
  • Technology