College of Education2014-2015
Department of Educational Specialties
Special Education - Cross-Categorical High Incidence Certified, Master of Education
This plan is appropriate for candidates who are not already certified in special education. Candidates in this program of studies are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in specific classes.
This program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Special Education - Cross-Categorical High Incidence Certified?
The demand for special education teachers currently outpaces the supply across the country. If you are entering the teaching force for the first time as a second or late career professionals or have teaching certification in another area-elementary education, secondary education- and want to become certified in special education as a second area of teaching expertise, our program can help.
By earning our degree, you'll be ready to enter a special education teaching job in the private sector, human services agencies, or in school settings. You'll focus on how to best help educate students with learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, mild-moderate intellectual disabilities, and orthopedic and health impairments.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Special education teacher
- Educational administrator
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Candidates in this program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, professional knowledge, and professional dispositions to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements. Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills, professional dispositions are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the following course(s):
|Minimum Units for Completion||31 - 49|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
|Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching||Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- 1 letter of recommendation
- Prerequisites (completed prior to enrolling in the program)
- ENG 101 and 102 or ENG 105 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of B. Math (College Algebra) with a minimum grade of C. Laboratory Science with a minimum grade of C
- IVP Fingerprint clearance card
- Privacy forms
- Teaching certificate (if the applicant has one)
- Program of study signed by applicant and advisor
Take the following 31 - 49 units in the following areas, which are organized into three blocks:
Block A - Education Coursework (12-18 units, unless waived)
The courses in this block are required for those candidates entering the program without a degree or certification in elementary or secondary education.
For candidates who have a degree in elementary education, and a full Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, these requirements are waived.
For candidates who have certification in secondary education, the Elementary Curriculum and Instructional block (ECI) is required, but the Educational Foundations and Educational Psychology courses (EDF) can be waived.
Educational Foundations (3 units)
Select one course from:
Select one course from:
- Educational Foundations (3 units)
Note: EDF 500 and EPS 605 are strongly recommended if you did not complete an undergraduate education degree or certification program.
BME courses are required for the SEI endorsement. Candidates who have full SEI endorsement at admission must provide proof of the full endorsement. If proof of full SEI endorsement is presented at admission, the candidate is not required to take the BME courses as part of his/her program of study.
Block B - Required Special Education Certification Courses (31 units)
All courses must be selected with the written approval of a special-education faculty advisor. Deviations from these guidelines for individual candidates must be approved in writing by the advisor on this official form. In addition, you must be admitted to this degree program before finishing your first 12 units of graduate work.
Please Note: Candidates must also pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (professional knowledge and special-education focus area), and meet State requirements on Federal and State Constitutional knowledge for Arizona Teacher Certification.
Block C - Optional Additional Preparation
Candidates who want further Special Education Preparation may choose to complete additional concentrations or certificates by adding the courses identified below. This is optional, not required. Candidates seeking certificates must apply for the additional certificates. Concentrations do not require application.
- High-Incidence Cross-categorical Concentration: ESE 460, ESE 580, ESE 656, (ESE 660, or ESE 670)
- Early Childhood Special Education Concentration: ESE 516, ESE 536, ESE 556, ESE 608
- Low-Incidence Concentration: (ESE 585 or DIS 519), ESE 594, ESE 634, ESE 657, ESE 664, DIS 505
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners Certificate: ESE 520, ESE 601, ESE 602, ESE 603
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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