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Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in Special Education

 


Why a Master of Arts in Education in Special Education?


Every student deserves a teacher who is committed to helping them overcome challenges to learn and succeed. For students with disabilities, the need for an instructor familiar with their specific needs is even greater. At McKendree, we believe you can be that special education teacher. Our Master of Arts in Education program in Special Education prepares you for a career working with students with special needs in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. McKendree’s experienced faculty and convenient class formats enable you to earn your master’s degree in education in a timely manner, blending field practica and coursework for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. You will explore topics that will enhance your professional competence and give you new perspectives on issues affecting students with special needs from ages Pre-K to 21.

You will also gain important hands-on training through a practicum experience with a qualified Special Education teacher currently in the field. Upon successful completion of the program and state examination requirements, you will be eligible for entitlement of Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) on your Illinois Professional Educator License.

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Curriculum Requirements


Special Education (Elementary Licensed) - 32 credit hours


EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research and Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (2 Credits)

SPE 500 - Foundations of Special Education (2 Credits)

SPE 510 - Behavior Management (3 Credits)

SPE 510B - Field Practicum II (0 Credit)

SPE 520 - Collaboration & Consultation in Special Education (2 Credits)

SPE 530 - Language Development (2 Credits)

SPE 540 - Assistive Tech & Low Incidence Disabilities (3 Credits)

SPE 592 - Assessment & Progress Monitoring in Spec. Ed. (3 Credits)

SPE 594 - Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 Credits)

SPE 594B - Field Practicum III (0 Credit)

SPE 690 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3 Credits)

Education Elective (3 Credits)


Special Education (Secondary Licensed) - 35 credit hours


EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDU 530 - Early Literacy (3 Credits)

EDU 541 - Teaching Elementary Mathematics (3 Credits)

EDU 641 - Educational Research and Statistics (3 Credits)

EDU 645 - Action Research Planning (2 Credits)

SPE 500 - Foundations of Special Education (2 Credits)

SPE 510 - Behavior Management (3 Credits)

SPE 510B - Field Practicum II (0 Credit)

SPE 520 - Collaboration & Consultation in Special Education (2 Credits)

SPE 530 - Language Development (2 Credits)

SPE 540 - Assistive Tech & Low Incidence Disabilities (3 Credits)

SPE 592 - Assessment & Progress Monitoring in Spec. Ed. (3 Credits)

SPE 594 - Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (3 Credits)

SPE 594B - Field Practicum III (0 Credit)

SPE 690 - Characteristics of Students with Disabilities (3 Credits)

 

 


Practica


Field practica give you a firsthand perspective of special education in a school setting. Your interactions in the classroom with an experienced special education teacher will help you gain key insight into how teaching strategies are implemented.

 

 


Allison Cassens Community Foundation Scholarship

 

McKendree University is pleased to offer the Allison Cassens Community Foundation Scholarship to be awarded to selected students enrolled in the MAED/MAT in Special Education programs or Special Education Endorsement program. Please submit your application for the scholarship before December 7, 2018.

 


Admission Requirements


To apply for McKendree’s Master of Arts in Education (MAED) in Special Education, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. We consider applicants on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, or religion.

The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration of admission:


1. A completed graduate admission application. See application deadlines below (no fee).

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those that are mailed from institution to institution.

3. A current vita or resume.

4. A minimum 3.0 G.P.A. on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. Three professional references (name and contact information).


Applicants may be required to participate in a personal interview to assess readiness for graduate studies.

 

 


Graduate Education Student Services

 
Photo of Maria Knedel, M.S.Maria Knedel, M.S.

Student Services Specialist
(618) 744-0426

mlknedel@mckendree.edu

 

 

 


Program Format


McKendree’s MAED in Special Education is designed specifically for teachers balancing a full-time job, personal responsibilities, and their own professional development goals. Classes in this program meet one night a week on the Lebanon campus. Some coursework is available in an online format.

 

 


Interesting Courses

 

  • Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Discover ways you can implement research-based teaching strategies for students with disabilities in your own classroom. You’ll explore the unique academic and social needs of students with disabilities and how to achieve a successful learning environment for all.

  • Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education: This course provides an in-depth understanding of the process for identifying and evaluating students for special education services. You will also learn about formal and informal procedures to monitor the progress of students in your classroom.

 


Meet the Faculty


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Dr. Allison Fahsl

Chair, School of Education
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 202
(618) 537-6485
ajfahsl@mckendree.edu


Photo of Dr. Karee NasserDr. Karee Nasser

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 207
(618) 537-6552
konasser@mckendree.edu



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300 Stanton St., Lower Level
(618) 537-6463
pjbarnes@mckendree.edu

 

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300 Stanton St., Lower Level
(618) 537-6461
pdmanning@mckendree.edu

 

 

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300 Stanton St., Upper Level
(618) 537-6880
jlwicker@mckendree.edu