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Special Education Program

Educational Foundations & Special Education

Graduate

For Graduates

Are you interested in a Master's Degree?

We offer the following options:

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

Candidates seeking licensure in special education enroll in graduate coursework that prepares the candidate for initial teaching licensure in both K-12 Modified Special Education (mild disabilities) and K-12 Comprehensive Special Education (severe disabilities) OR PreK-3 Early Childhood Special Education.

Special Education, (M.Ed) Advanced Studies in Special Education

Individuals who are not seeking special education licensure, but who are interested in obtaining an advanced degree in special education may elect to earn a master's degree through the Master of Education in Special Education degree, Advanced Practitioner Concentration.

Three Concentration Options

The Special Education (SPED) Program offers a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) for the advanced preparation of personnel to serve children, youth, and adults who have disabilities. The program offers three concentrations, with each area of emphasis designed to prepare students to teach students with mild to severe disabilities, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities, behavioral disorders, and moderate to severe mental retardation. Emphasis is placed on teaching students with a variety of needs within the context of the least restrictive environment, developing collaboration and consultation skills, incorporating assistive technology, and using curriculum-based assessment methods. The Special Education concentration prepares candidates for a Tennessee teaching license in modified and comprehensive special education (460/461). Please see the following catalog links and descriptions below for more information.

Special Education, M.Ed (Advanced Studies in Special Education Concentration)

This program is designed for all individuals who already have a license or have no desire to earn a license. The majority of international students will come through this program. A thesis is required. Add-on requirements can be built into the program.  Click here for catalog description! 

Special Education, M.Ed (Early Childhood Special Education Concentration)

This program is designed for individuals seeking initial licensure in Early Childhood Special Education. Please see Cathy Keramidas for course sequence and rotation. A comprehensive exam or an alternate to comprehensive exam project is required.Click here for catalog description!

Special Education, M.Ed (High Incidence Concentration)

This program is designed for individuals seeking initial licensure in Modified Special Education. See the attached advisement sheet to help guide your advisement of students in this program. Click here for catalog description!

Special Education, M.Ed (Low Incidence Concentration)

This program is designed for individuals seeking initial licensure in Comprehensive Special Education. See the attached advisement sheet to help guide your advisement of students in this program. Click here for catalog description!

Already a teacher? Need a Certificate?

Teachers who currently hold a valid Tennessee teaching license may add on an endorsement in the following areas:

Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities Graduate Certificate

This program is designed for individuals seeking add-on licensure in Comprehensive Special Education or wanting to enhance their knowledge of Low Incidence Disabilities. This program mirrors the add-on requirements while also earning a certificate. Students should follow the Entrance and Exit Requirements on the add-on sheet if earning an add-on. All applicable course credits can be transferred into the Special Education Master’s program if admitted. Click here for catalog description!

Special Education: High Incidence Disabilities Graduate Certificate

This program is designed for individuals seeking add-on licensure in Modified Special Education or wanting to enhance their knowledge of High Incidence Disabilities. This program mirrors the add-on requirements while also earning a certificate. Students should follow the Entrance and Exit Requirements on the add-on sheet if earning an add-on. All applicable course credits can be transferred into the Special Education Master’s program if admitted. Click here for catalog description!

Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate

This program is designed for individuals seeking add-on licensure in Early Childhood Special Education or wanting to enhance their knowledge of young children with disabilities. This program mirrors the add-on requirements while also earning a certificate. Students should follow the Entrance and Exit Requirements on the add-on sheet if earning an add-on. All applicable course credits can be transferred into the Special Education Master’s program if admitted.Click here for catalog description.

PRAXIS Information -New Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Interactive Practice Tests

The Praxis program is pleased to announce the introduction of Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Interactive Practice Tests (IPTs). The Praxis IPTs are full-length practice tests that are available through the ETS Store at $17.95 per subscription. Each practice test allows candidates to answer test questions and simulate the testing experience. After each practice test, candidates can view their results and see the answers to all of the questions.

These IPTs provide answers with explanations, a timer to simulate testing conditions and automated scoring features including:

  • Number of questions answered correctly
  • Content category scores indicating the number of questions answered correctly in each content category to help candidates understand their performance level

After purchase of the practice tests, practice can start immediately. Each subscription is valid for 90 days after the first use or 10 uses, whichever comes first. The results of each practice test can be printed out, but they are not saved once the candidate exits the test.

These new HTML-based practice tests will help test takers prepare for the upcoming Praxis Core tests.

For more information about schedules and test windows, please visit the website.

 

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Chambers

Dr. Cynthia Chambers

(423)439-7586

Master of Education Programs, descriptions, and course requirements:

K-12 Comprehensive Special Education Modified Special Education (mild disabilities)

K-12 Comprehensive Special Education (severe disabilities)

PreK-3 Early Childhood Special Education (birth - age 8)

Advanced Practitioner Add-on Certification (for individuals that already hold 1of the certifications above and would like to add another)

 

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