MS in Special Education Overview The accredited Master of Science in Special Education program equips teaching professionals with the fundamental skills, knowledge and competencies needed to meet the needs of students with disabilities in multiple settings. The program is a flexible and convenient part-time graduate program that gives current teachers a comprehensive understanding of developing the potential of students with disabilities.ConcentrationsAutism Spectrum Disorders The number of children diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome has increased drastically over the past decade. Consequently, there is an increasingly high-demand for professionals trained in educating children diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The Autism concentration is designed for those who seek additional expertise in this critical field. The concentration’s curriculum provides knowledge and skills for working with these students. Effective teaching methods, interventions, and support will also be emphasized.Collaborative Special Education Law and Process Special Education is a dynamic field, continually impacted by legislation, regulation and litigation. This concentration is designed for individuals interested in enhancing their proficiency in the procedural and substantive rules that guide the development and implementation of an appropriate education for students with disabilities. Leadership skills in areas such as collaboration, special education advocacy, IEP meeting facilitation, collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution will be emphasized.Multisensory Reading Instruction Level IIt is estimated that up to 20% of school age children experience difficulty with some aspect of literacy. This course sequence gives teachers the necessary skills to provide direct instruction in a multisensory phonetic-based program to students with decoding deficits. With successful completion of the coursework, students are eligible for WILSON® Level 1 Certification. The Wilson Reading System® is recognized nationwide and is a highly desirable certification to have in Special Education.Technologies for Special Education Best practices in the education of students with disabilities require educational professionals to be proficient with a wide range of technologies. This concentration is designed for those seeking additional expertise in the area of educational technologies and assistive technology that can be used to create accessible learning opportunities and increased outcomes for students with disabilities.Customization Students who already posses a special education certification or students not interested in obtaining a special education certification, but want to enhance their skills in specific special education topic areas, may choose to take two of the concentrations (24 credits) and 18 credits of their choosing from the special education certification core in addition to completing the research courses.Certification OptionsIncluded in the curriculum for the M.S. in Special Education is the coursework necessary to pursue the PA Instructional I Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 certification. Candidates seeking PA Special Education certification, PreK-8 or 7-12, must have an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate in a corresponding area. Students who do not have their teaching certification have the following options:Earn a Instructional I certificate through our Post-Bachelor’s Teaching Certification Program before applying to the MS in Special Education program.Apply instead to the MS Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Teacher Certification Track program, which includes Special Education electives.Take the MS in Special Education program as a non-certification student. Students who choose this option will not be able to teach in public schools in Pennsylvania. However, many teachers in states outside of Pennsylvania choose this option after contacting their state’s Department of Education to determine special education certification requirements in their state. This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, or Wisconsin. Curriculum The Master of Science in Special Education requires 49.5 credits consisting of 31.5 credits in core special education certification courses, 12 credits in concentration courses, and 6 credits in research. For a certification in special education, students must have completed 9 prerequisite credits in special education accommodations to apply for certification in Pennsylvania.A field component is required in most courses.Pre-Requisite Courses Students must have the following courses in order to apply for a certification in special education. All students entering this master's program from an approved PA certification program after 2011 should have had these core courses in their initial certification program. If a student does not have these courses, they must complete them with a minimum grade of "B" in addition to the core certification offerings. EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom3.0One of the following, depending on whether pursuing the PreK-8 or 7-12 certification concentration: EDEX 546Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0or EDEX 566 Literacy and Content Skill Development 7-12Required Courses: MS in Special Education Program EDEX 548Emotional and Behavioral Support of Individuals with Disabilities4.5EDEX 549High Incident Disabilities4.5EDEX 550Teaching Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities4.5EDEX 551Pervasive Developmental Disorders4.5EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement4.5Students complete a sequence of two courses specific to either the PreK-8 or the 7-12 certification concentration from the following:9.0EDEX 547 & EDEX 553Special Education Processes PreK-8 and Special Education: Methods & Practices PreK-8 or EDEX 567 & EDEX 563Special Education Processes 7-12 and Special Education: Methods & Practices 7-12 Capstone Courses EDEX 610Action Research for Special Education Teachers I4.5EDEX 611Action Research for Special Education Teachers II1.5Concentration Courses Students complete courses from one of the concentrations listed below.12.0Total Credits49.5Concentration Options Students must complete one of the following 12.0 credit concentrations options:12.0Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration EDEX 556Characteristics & Methods: Autism EDEX 558Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism EDEX 560Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders EDEX 562Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders Technologies for Special Education EDEX 570Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with High Incident Disabilities EDEX 572Integrating Assistive Technology for Individuals with Low Incident Disabilities EDUC 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities Collaborative Special Education Law & Process EDEX 710School Law & Policy in Special Education EDEX 600Family, School and Community Engagement in Special Education EDEX 601Special Education Advocacy EDEX 602Special Education Dispute Resolution and Skills Training Multisensory Reading Instruction Level I* EDLS 620Applied Methods in Multisensory Reading Instruction EDLS 621Multisensory Reading Instruction K/1 EDLS 622Basic Word Study I EDLS 623Basic Word Study II EDLS 624Multisensory Practicum I EDLS 625Multisensory Practicum II Language and Cultural Issues** LING 560Introduction to Linguistics EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English EDUC 606Design and Assessment Total Credits12.0* The multisensory reading instruction courses fulfill certain requirements (but not all) for the Wilson Language Level I certification.** Students interested in pursuing the PA TESL credential must be accepted into Drexel's TESL program and pass LING 560, EDUC 602, EDUC 604, EDUC 608, and EDUC 610 with a grade of "B" or better.View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institutionUndergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)Required DocumentsA completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationPersonal EssayAdditional requirements for International StudentsHow to Submit Supporting Documents Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $843 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1123 per credit) This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2014 September 22, 2014 December 5, 2014 December 8, 2014 December 13, 2014 Winter 2015 January 5, 2015 March 16, 2015 March 17, 2015 March 21, 2015 Spring 2015 March 30, 2015 June 8, 2015 June 9, 2015 June 12, 2015 Summer 2015 June 22, 2015 August 29, 2015 September 1, 2015 September 5, 2015 Apply today for a MS in Special Education Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! Any problems? 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