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Students with special needs must be taught by professionals who are trained in the identification, assessment, and teaching of individuals with exceptionalities. To reach this goal, the Master of Education in Special Education program has three distinct options which allow the master's candidate to focus on his/her individual needs and career goals. This program reflects an inclusion model of special education service delivery.
The College of Education has 14 program competencies derived from the Delaware Professional Teaching Standards and the College of Education Conceptual Framework. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to:
Option A (Certification)
11. Immerse oneself in an actual special education setting through active participation as a teacher.
12. Exhibit an effect of confidence, caring, professionalism, and energy in teaching students from a diverse society.
Option B (Instruction)
13. Design classroom strategies that serve diverse populations, attend to development issues, and recognize parenting issues.
Option C (Administration)
14. Demonstrate a curriculum plan based on theory and practice that includes leadership, management, classroom organization, and school support services for special education programs.
The assessment of outcomes consists of multiple measures. Grades on assignments and for courses are the first level of assessment. The course goals, learning outcomes, and assignments are designed to address measurement of the program competencies as well as the graduation competencies. Other assessment measures include observation of the application of knowledge in practical settings and alumni surveys that query such items as preparation levels for careers and life-long learning activities.
The Special Education master's program is a nationally recognized program by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and is designed to serve teacher candidates with a variety of educational needs. Options follow:
The program is designed for individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who wish to become certified teachers in Special Education (Option A), as well as teacher candidates who have completed at least a bachelor’s degree and already hold a Delaware teaching certificate (Options B and C). Teacher candidates in Option A must satisfy specific prerequisites; including EDU 402/407, EDU 405/410, EDU 306 , PSY201 or PSY 332 and EPY 401 . The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of "B" for all education core courses.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2012-2013 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2012 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.