Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


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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 (CEC).

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities 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

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


Overview

In addition to University 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 throughout the program of study.

Minimum Units for Completion 37 - 52
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement

The Mild to Moderate with certification MEd degree program leads to certification/licensure with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and is designed to meet your needs as a professional special educator.  The program is comprised of online, face-to-face, and blended courses.  Whether you want to increase your knowledge of pedagogy or content in the mild to moderate disability area in order to improve your practice or you are interested in becoming a leader in your school or district, we are here to help you.

The MEd degree is designed for:

Competitive graduate assistantships may be available to mitigate tuition costs and provide a monthly stipend.


Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).

 
Learner Development and Individual Differences: Beginning special education professionals understand how exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for individuals with exceptionalities. 
Learning Environments:  Beginning special education professionals create safe, inclusive, culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination. 
Curricular Content Knowledge: Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals with exceptionalities. 
Assessment: Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions. 
Instructional Planning and Strategies: Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of individuals with exceptionalities. 
Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: Beginning special education professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional Ethical Principles and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession. 
Collaboration: Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, individuals with exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


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Master's Requirements
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of Education

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Mild/Moderate Disabilities Certified, Master of Education


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