M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Special Education
The M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Special Education Program is an initial certification program, leading to licensure in elementary (gr1-6) or secondary (gr7-12) special education.
The program prepares elementary and secondary special educators to maximize access and opportunity for learners with special educational needs. Program candidates will:
- utilize multiple sources of information to develop comprehensive understanding of students’ strengths and needs.
- apply understanding of standards-based instruction, assessment data, and curriculum demands to ensure student academic success.
- design and adapt instruction to best address students’ learning goals, with particular emphasis on literacy, STEM, blended/personalized approaches.
- identify students’ social emotional learning strengths/needs in order to design supportive and inclusive classrooms.
- apply culturally and linguistically responsive practices as part of processes that include Multi-tiered Systems of Support, special education evaluation, and IEP development.
- collaborate with families, educational personnel, and community agencies to advocate for elementary or secondary students and their families.
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