College of Education2012-2013

Department of Educational Specialties

Special Education - Severe/Profound Certified, Master of Education

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2015

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.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Special Education - Severe/Profound Low Incidence Certified?

If your aspiration is to enter the teaching field and you want to work with children who have disabilities, this degree plan is for you. This plan will guide you toward certification in special education as an area of expertise, and upon successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to receive an institutional recommendation. The Severe/Profound certification means you'll be prepared to work with children with moderate-to-severe intellectual disabilities, autism, orthopedic and health impairments, and multiple disabilities.

The demand for special education teachers currently outpaces the supply across the country. By earning this degree, you'll be ready to enter a special education teaching position in the private sector, human services agencies, or in school settings.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Special education teacher
  • Educational administrator


University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Candidates in this program 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 the following course(s):

Minimum Units for Completion 31
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Arizona Certification/Endorsement Prepares student for Arizona Certification and/or Endorsement.
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching is required.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • Application to the Teacher Education Program is required. A program of study must accompany the application for admission to the program. 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.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 31 units, which are organized into three blocks:

    Block A - Foundation Education Coursework (0 -18 units)
    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, Block A requirements are waived.

    For candidates who have certification in secondary education, the elementary curriculum and instruction block is required, but the educational foundations and educational psychology courses can be waived.
    • *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 Structured English Immersion (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 C - Elective Coursework (0-15 units)
    Candidates who want further Special Education preparation may choose to take one of the following focus areas. This is optional, not required.
  • AEPA Requirements

    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.
  • 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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