Course Cycle

We are often asked how long the program for Initial license in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) takes. It depends on many factors, including many personal factors (e.g. your family responsibilities, your work responsibilities, other jobs, etc.). If you are teaching full time in the schools, we recommend no more than one course in the fall, one course in the spring and one or two in the summer. If you are teaching part time or working as a paraprofessional, you may be able to take two courses in the fall, two in the spring and one or two in the summer. Each course requires 4 contact hours in class (face to face or online) and a minimum of 8 contact hours outside the class time per week during the semester. For example, if you take two courses in the fall, then you are able to devote a minimum of 24 hours each week to your course work. The length of the summer session dictates the weekly workload for courses offered in the summer.

The following is the recommended sequence of courses. Note that SPED 962 and LTRC 907 should be taken in the first year regardless of how many courses you take each year, because they are prerequisite courses for other courses in the program. All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed in eight (8) years.

First-Second Years:

SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities (fall, spring, summer)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction (fall, spring, summer)
EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice (fall, spring, summer)
EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication (fall, spring, summer)

Second-Third Years:

SPED 937 Connecting Mathematical Concepts and Teaching (fall, odd summer)
SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification (spring, odd summer)
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management (fall, even summer)
LTRC 930 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (spring, even summer)

Third-Fourth Years:

SPED 960 Assessment Procedures (fall, odd summer)
SPED 964 Collaborative Educational Planning (spring, even summer)
INST 968 Introduction to Assistive Technology (spring, summer)
EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (fall, spring, summer)

Fourth-Fifth Years:

TESL 910 Sheltered English Immersion (if needed)
SPED 944/945 Practicum in Special Education
Portfolio and Comprehensive E

 

M.Ed. with a concentration in Special Education (Moderate Disabilities) Course Map

Fall Semesters

Core Education Courses may also be completed in the fall. (Online)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction (Online)
SPED 937 Connecting Mathematical Concepts and Teaching
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities
SPED 960 Assessment Procedures*
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management*
SPED 944 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades PreK-8*
SPED 945 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades 5-12*

Spring Semesters

Core Education Courses may also be completed in the spring. (Online)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction (Online)
LTRC 930 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners*
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Online)
SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification*
SPED 964 Collaborative Educational Planning*
SPED 944 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades PreK-8*
SPED 945 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades 5-12*
INST 968 Introduction to Assistive Technology

Summer Sessions: Even Years (e.g. 2014, 2016)

Core Education Courses and the Elective may also be completed in the summer. (Online)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction (Online)
LTRC 930 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners*
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Online)
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management*
SPED 964 Collaborative Educational Planning*
INST 968 Introduction to Assistive Technology (Online)
SPED 944 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades PreK-8*
SPED 945 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades 5-12*

Summer Sessions: Odd Years (e.g. 2013, 2015)

Core Education Courses and the Elective may also be completed in the summer. (Online)
LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction (Online)
SPED 937 Connecting Mathematical Concepts and Teaching
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Online)
SPED 956 Curriculum Development and Modification*
SPED 960 Assessment Procedures*
INST 968 Introduction to Assistive Technology (Online)
SPED 944 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades PreK-8*
SPED 945 Practicum in Special Needs: Grades 5-12*

*These courses have prerequisites.
(Online) These courses may be offered online this semester. It's a scheduling option.