Nov 20, 2019  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Special Education (Online), MA


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Administrative Unit

This degree is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research through the faculty of Special Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

Objectives

The Master of Arts in Special Education prepares proficient and skilled professionals for careers as special educators in the school setting and other related disability fields. Students seeking initial certification in special education may be required to take additional courses as required by the state of Texas.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in special education?”

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in special education?
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined);
    • Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (at least one page in length) AND two professional letters of recommendation, both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a special education teacher. May also consider cultural components including, but not limited to, English as a second language, weak academic preparation that can be remediated, student motivation and desire to succeed, evidence of success in career field (e.g., teaching or service awards), and/or candidate’s diverse experiences and perspectives.

Program Requirements (36 sch)


Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Online)


The Master of Arts in Special Education option in Autism and Developmental Disabilities prepares proficient and skilled professionals for careers which focus on autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities in early childhood. Students seeking initial certification in special education will be required to take additional courses as required by the State of Texas.

Educational Diagnostician


The Master of Arts in Special Education prepares proficient and skilled professionals for careers in special education school setting and other related disability fields. Additionally, the Professional Educational Diagnostician licensure is available to students with prior teaching experience in either general or special education; however, all candidates must be certified in special education prior to exit from the program. Please note candidates must complete 9 hours of assessment coursework on campus during the second semester of study.

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