M.A. in Special Education

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Program Description

This 36-hour degree plan is designed for those holding a valid teaching certificate. Candidates seeking Educational Diagnostician Certification must complete an additional 9 hours of coursework (SPD 677, SPD 678, and SPD 679). The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations. The candidate must successfully complete a departmental comprehensive examination. Candidates must be enrolled in coursework during the semester they take comprehensive examinations.


M.A.: This degree is designed for individuals who wish to write a thesis as part of the requirements for the degree. It is available to majors in Reading and Special Education. Students seeking the Master of Arts in Reading (thesis option) will not take RDG 639. Students in the Special Education Program for Low-Incidence Disabilities and Autism and the Behavior Disorders Program complete a master’s thesis in their Master of Arts Program. A comprehensive examination and/or portfolio review will be taken during the final semester of coursework. The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.


Admissions

To be regularly admitted to the graduate school, applicants must submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both undergraduate and graduate (Note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 in undergraduate and graduate work is expected)
  4. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination or the Miller Analogies Test

NOTE: Candidates may be permitted to enroll for one semester while their admission file is incomplete.

Applicants with completed files are reviewed for regular admission by graduate faculty in each program area and are selected by faculty based on information in the completed file.

Applicants must submit to the Department of Language, Literacy and Special Populations:

  1. Two letters of recommendations (the form is available from the LLSP Office)
  2. A copy of applicant’s teaching certificate if the intention is to sit for the Texas Reading Specialist Certification Exam
  3. Acceptable writing sample

In addition, applicants must complete an online questionnaire that shows that (1) they are presently teaching (or have access to a class) so that assignments can be applied and (2) they possess the necessary technology skills for graduate work/research.


Degree Requirements

M.A. in Special Education
Low Incidence Disabilities and Autism Program

 

SPED 6308 <SPD 538> Practicum and Methods in Special Education 3 SCH
SPED 6302 <SPD 660> Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 SCH
SPED 5303 <SPD 562> Study of Cognitive and Low-Incidence Disabilities 3 SCH
SPED 6301 <SPD 630> Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6303 <SPD 633> Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3 SCH
SPED 6306 <SPD 632> Evaluation and Measurement of Behavior 3 SCH
SPED 6304 <SPD 635> In-Home Training and Family Issues 3 SCH
SPED 6307 <SPD 637> Behavior Change and System Support 3 SCH
SPED 6310 <SPD 677> Assessment of Low Incidence Populations 3 SCH
SPED 6309 <SPD 682> Internship in Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6314 <SPD 698> Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6315 <SPD 699> Thesis 3 SCH
 
Total Hours M.A. 36 SCH

 

M.A. in Special Education
Behavior Disorders Program

 

SPED 5301 <SPD 535> Education of Individuals with Disabilities 3 SCH
SPED 6302 <SPD 660> Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 SCH
SPED 5304 <SPD 568> Teaching Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3 SCH
SPED 6301 <SPD 630> Applied Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6305 <SPD 631> Study of Behavior Disorders in Children 3 SCH
SPED 6306 <SPD 632> Evaluation and Measurement of Behavior 3 SCH
SPED 6303 <SPD 633> Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3 SCH
SPED 6304 <SPD 635> In-Home Training and Family Issues 3 SCH
SPED 6307 <SPD 637> Behavior Change and System Support 3 SCH
SPED 6309 <SPD 682> Internship in Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6314  Research Methods in Behavior Analysis 3 SCH
SPED 6315 <SPD 699> Thesis 3 SCH
 
Total Hours M.A. 36 SCH

 

Master of Arts. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to write a thesis as part of the requirements for the degree. It is available to majors in Reading and Special Education. Students seeking the Master of Arts in Reading (thesis option) will not take <RDG 639>. Students in the Special Education Program for Low-Incidence Disabilities and Autism and the Behavior Disorders Program complete a master’s thesis in their Master of Arts Program. A comprehensive examination and/or portfolio review will be taken during the final semester of coursework. The degree plan originates in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Populations.


Courses

Special Education (SPED)

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