Special Education

The graduate program in Special Education (LBS 1) Studies is designed for individuals seeking licensure and a career teaching Special Education in elementary or secondary schools. The program is designed to serve individuals seeking their initial teaching licensure or those practicing teachers seeking to expand their licensure to include the LBS 1 endorsement.

Candidates in the program examine current educational theory and practice while exploring a variety of viewpoints to reflectively develop their professional competence. They learn and practice teaching methods through field experience integrated within the coursework and program, and expand their awareness of the respect for the unique issues facing special needs students from age 3 to 21.

A capstone semester long student teaching or practicum experience is completed in a Special Education classroom under the joint supervision of a highly qualified cooperating teacher and the University. Upon completion of the capstone experience, candidates in the program are eligible to be recommended for an Illinois Type 10 license with a Special Education (LBS I) endorsement.


Curriculum Requirements


The Special Education program for a candidate seeking initial licensure consists of 48 hours of course work. The program can be completed in six semesters (which includes summers). Candidates may choose to proceed  at a slower pace if they wish. The candidate who already has an elementary education licensure will take 36 hours and can be completed in five semesters. The candidate who has a secondary/special area K-12 license will need 42 hours and six semesters to complete the degree. (See course work below.) Additional curriculum information can be found in the graduate catalog.

MAED – Special Education

(Undergraduate degree without teacher licensure)

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

EDL 620

School Law

3

EDU 510

Foundations of American Education

3

EDU 530

Methods of Teaching Reading (ELEM)

3

EDU 541

Methods of Teaching Math (ELEM)   

3

EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar

0

EDU 641

Educational Research and Statistics

3

EDU 645

Advanced Research Planning

2

EDU 650

Advanced Educational Psychology   

3

EDU 698

Portfolio Review

1

SPE 689

Foundations of Special Education

3

SPE 689a

Field Experience #1 (30 hours)

0

SPE 690

Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691 

Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691a

Field Experience #2 (30 hours)

0

SPE 692

Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision-Making

3

SPE 693

Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms

3

SPE 694

Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 694a

Field Experience #3 (30 hours)

0

SPE 697

Student Teaching: Students with Disabilities

6

SPE 699

 Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam (APT)

 

Elective

3

 

Total Credits 

48

 

MAED – Special Education

(Holds an Elementary licensure)

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

EDL 620

School Law

3

EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar

0

EDU 641

Educational Research and Statistics

3

EDU 645

Action Research Planning

3

EDU 698

Portfolio Review

1

SPE 689

Foundations of Special Education

3

SPE 690

Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691

Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691a

Field Experience #2 (30 hours)

0

SPE 692

Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision-Making

3

SPE 693 

Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms  

3

SPE 694

Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities 

3

SPE 694a

Field Experience #3 (30 hours)

0

SPE 695

Practicum: Students with Disabilities                  

6

SPE 699

 Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam (APT)

 

Elective

3

 

Total Credits

36


MAED – Special Education

(Holds a Secondary/Spec K-12 licensure)

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

EDL 620

School Law

3

EDU 530

Methods of Teaching Reading (ELEM)

3

EDU 541

Methods of Teaching Math (ELEM)  

3

EDU 600

Professional Educator Seminar

0

EDU 641

Educational Research and Statistics   

3

EDU 645

Action Research and Planning

2

EDU 698

Portfolio Review

1

SPE 689

Foundations of Special Education

3

SPE 690

Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691

Adaptations and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

3

SPE 691a

Field Experience #2 (30 hours)

0

SPE 692

Diagnostic Assessment for Educational Decision-Making

3

SPE 693

Language Disorders and Instruction in Diverse Classrooms

3

SPE 694

Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities   

3

SPE 694a

Field Experience #3 (30 hours)

0

SPE 695

Practicum: Students with Disabilities                  

6

SPE 699

 Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam (APT)

 0

 

Elective

3

 

Total Credits 

42

 

Class Format


This program is formatted for the working professional. Each course meets one night a week. In addition, students will need to coordinate schedules to accommodate for required field observations, which entail a limited amount of day observation in a school setting.


Location


McKendree offers the Special Education program on the Lebanon campus.


Transfer Credit Restriction No more than nine (9) semester credits will be accepted in transfer and can not be more than six (6) years old. Transfer credit must be submitted for approval prior to or during the first semester of enrollment.


Office of Graduate Admission
701College Road Lebanon, IL 62254
618-537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576
graduate@mckendree.edu