Special Education

Master of Education

Program Requirements

Teacher candidates are required to register for MED 6102, E-Folio as the initial course in the program as this course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program competencies.
Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Master of Education in Special Education degree, including content course work, required special education courses, and clinical experiences. All sections of ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS # 5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations, (or relevant exemption tests), and the appropriate PRAXIS II content test must be satisfied prior to taking MSE 8802, Student Teaching/Teaching Internship. All courses have one or more goals for diversity in education and writing across the curriculum.

Teacher candidates must apply to the Office of Clinical Studies for a Student Teaching/Teaching Internship placement for the Fall semester by February 1 or for the Spring semester by August 1. Student Teaching/Teaching Internship applications are to be submitted electronically in Taskstream. Applications do NOT take the place of registering for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship. Registration and payment of all fees, including laboratory fees for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship, are still required. All sections of ETS PRAXIS Series Core Academic Skills for Educators and the relevant PRAXIS II test, a 3.0 grade point average, and approval from the Office of Clinical Studies are required for Student Teaching/Teaching Internship.

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

Practicum Courses

These courses require 50 hours of field experience in an approved school/clinical placement in addition to the required seminar classes. The 35 50 hours of field experience will usually take place in the specific county where the student attends the seminars. A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than one (1) year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program Fall 2014, passing scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations are required.

Student Internship / Teaching

Internship placements are determined by the Office of Clinical studies in conjunction with school district partnerships. Requirements for Internship include the following: Passing ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS #5712, 5722, and 5732), or other approved tests of general knowledge that satisfy Delaware Department of Education regulations and the relevant PRAXIS II scores tests, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (Less than one (1) year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) and completed health form.

Teacher Dispositions and Values

A significant element of programs for the preparation of teachers deals with developing a teacher candidate’s proficiency in working with students who present a wide variety of needs, learning styles and exceptionalities. Teacher candidates also learn to work with students from a wide variety of backgrounds in order to ensure that each student has an opportunity to learn. Clinical experiences associated with the MSE program require teacher candidates to interact with exceptional students and students from different socioeconomic, gender, racial, language, geographic and ethnic groups.

A second area of importance for teacher candidates is the realization that they work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of teachers as delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards. MSE teacher candidates must recognize, develop, and model dispositions that are expected of professional educators.
In order to assess a teacher candidate’s initial dispositions and multicultural values, the College of Education administers inventories - “Inventory of Beginning Teacher’s Dispositions Survey,” and “Multicultural Inventory”- during clinical courses in the program.

Because of the importance accorded to these surveys, teacher candidates are expected to participate fully and to comply with these tasks as assigned.

 

Program Prerequisites

Each option requires five prerequisite courses:

  • Methods/Content in Elementary Reading/Writing
  • Methods/Content in Elementary Mathematics
  • Classroom Management/Strategies of Effective Teaching
  • Introduction/Education of Exceptional Children or Education of Diverse Populations and Exceptional Children
  • Adolescent or Child Growth and Development

Course Requirements

Each option requires the same eleven core courses:

(For MSE students who entered the MSE Program PRIOR to Fall 2012…they need MSE 7990 Practicum ONLY.)
(For MSE students who entered the MSE Program AFTER Fall 2012…they must take ALL three (03) Practica MSE 7991, MSE 7992, AND MSE 7993.)

MED 6102 E-Folio Electronic Portfolio (0 credits)

MRD 7801 Available Online Language Development

MRD 7901 Available Online Diagnosis/Assessment of Reading Difficulties for Non-Reading/Literature Majors

MSE 7401 Available Online Curriculum in Special Education

MSE 7402 Applied Behavior Analysis

MSE 7403 Available Online Diagnosis/Assessment/IEP Development

MSE 7991 Practicum I in Special Education

MSE 7992 Practicum II in Special Education

MSE 7993 Practicum III in Special Education

MSE 8102 Available Online Legislation and Implementation of Policy and Procedure

MSE 8103 Supervision and Evaluation of Special Education Programs

Also, each option has specific courses which must be acquired in addition to the eleven core courses listed above. By option, these requirements follow:

Option A - Certification Program

MAS 7602 Available Online School in a Multicultural Society

MSE 8101 Severe Disabilities

MSE 8802 Student Teaching in Special Education

Option B - Instructional Program

Choose 4 courses (12 credits) from the following elective options:

MAS 7602 Available Online The School in a Multicultural Society

MAS 7651 Available Online Adolescent Growth and Development

MAS 7701 Classroom Culture and Student Behavior

MEC 6601 Effective Mentoring in a K-12 School Setting

MED 7703 Available Online Curriculum and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice

MEE 7631 Available Online Child Growth and Development

MSE 7400 Available Online The Gifted and Talented Child

MSE 7404 Assistive Technology (MH, SED, LD)

MSE 7409 Methods of Instruction in Academic Standards and Func Skill

MSE 7501 Introduction to Autism and Severe Disabilities

MSE 7502 Educating Pre-Schoolers with Special Needs

MSE 7506 Functional Communication of Individuals with Autism & Severe Disabilities

MSE 7507 Comp-based Practicum in Behaviorally-based Teaching Techniques

MSE 8101 Severe Disabilities

Delaware Autism & Severe Disabilities Certification Courses*

Students taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying with the Delaware Department of Education (or the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state) that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Students are also responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements (PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II, etc.), for fulfilling state-mandated degree and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials.

Any changes in state regulations for certificates could cause Wilmington University to make course and/or program adjustments in order to align with new or revised state requirements. Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification mandates of the Delaware Department of Education.

Wilmington University courses (*) approved for Delaware certification in Autism and Severe Disabilities:

MSE 7402 Applied Behavior Analysis*

MSE 7501 Introduction to Autism and Severe Disabilities*

MSE 7506 Functional Communication*

MSE 7409 Methods of Instruction in Academic Standards and Functional Skills*

MSE 7507 Competency-Based Practicum*

 

Qualifications for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Education in Special Education (MSE) degree, a candidate must complete all course work and clinical experiences with at least a “B” average (a cumulative grade point average of 3.0). An electronic portfolio (E-Folio) and journals are required. The portfolio and journals must provide evidence of mastery of program and graduation competencies. The program must be completed within five years.


This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.