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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 (LBS1) prepares you for a career working with students with special needs in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.

Whether you’re seeking your initial teaching licensure or you’re a practicing teacher seeking to obtain the LBS1 endorsement, our MAED in Special Education will help you fulfill your goals. 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 three to 21. You will also gain important hands-on training through a semester-long capstone student teaching or practicum experience with a qualified Special Education teacher currently in the field. Upon completion of the capstone, you will be eligible for recommendation for an Illinois Type 10 license with a Special Education (LBS1) endorsement.

 

 


Curriculum Requirements


Special Education Initial Licensure - 46 credit hours


EDU 600 - Professional Educator Seminar (0 Credit)

EDL 620 - School Law (3 Credits)

EDU 510 - Introduction to Teaching (2 Credits)

EDU 511 - Teaching and Learning Technology (2 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)

EDU 650 - Advanced Educational Psychology (3 Credits)

SPE 500 - Foundations of Special Education (2 Credits)

SPE 500A - Field Experience I (0 Credit)

SPE 510 - Behavior Management (3 Credits)

SPE 510A - Field Experience II (0 Credit)

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 594A - Field Experience III (0 Credit)

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

SPE 697 - Student Teaching: Students with Disabilities (6 Credits)

SPE 599 - Teacher Performance Assessment (0 Credit)

SPE XXX - SPE Elective (2 Credits)


Special Education (Elementary Licensed) - 33 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 510a - Field Experience #2 (0 Credit)

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 594a - Field Experience #3 (0 Credit)

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

SPE 695 - Practicum: Students with Disabilities in Diverse Classrooms (6 Credits)

SPE XXX - SPE Elective (2 Credits)


Special Education (Secondary Licensed) - 39 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 510a - Field Experience #2 (0 Credit)

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 594a - Field Experience #3 (0 Credit)

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

SPE 695 - Practicum: Students with Disabilities in Diverse Classrooms (6 Credits)

SPE XXX - SPE Elective (2 Credits)

 

 


Practica


Field practica give you a firsthand perspective of Special Education in a school setting. You will spend the day observing the class activities of an experienced Special Education teacher and gaining key insight into how teaching strategies are implemented.

 

 


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 in Initial Licensure must pass Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or have a composite score of 22 or higher on the ACT with a score of at least 6 in Writing or have a score of 1110 or higher in critical reading and math on the SAT with a 26 or higher in writing and Language Arts.

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

In order to meet the licensure application deadline, all material must be received by the Office of Graduate Admission on or before the application deadline. Incomplete applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis by the Office of Graduate Admission and may not be reviewed, which will delay the start date until the next term. The timely submission of the admission material is the student’s responsibility. As a general rule, the earlier the materials are received, the better the chances for full consideration.

 

 


Admission Deadlines 

 

Start Dates

Fall (1st Eight Weeks) - Application Deadline: August 15

Fall (2nd Eight Weeks) - Application Deadline: October 1

Spring (1st Eight Weeks) - Application Deadline: December 15

Spring (2nd Eight Weeks) - Application Deadline: March 1

Summer - Application Deadline: May 15

 

 


Meet the Graduate Education Admission Staff


Photo of Jennifer JacksonJennifer Jackson

Graduate Admission Counselor
(618) 537-6574
1-800-BEARCAT ext. 6574
jajackson@mckendree.edu

 
Photo of Sabrina StornerSabrina Storner

Director of Graduate Admission
(618) 537-6477
1-800-BEARCAT ext. 6477
skstorner@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.

 

 


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

 

Photo of Dr. Darryn DiuguidDr. Darryn Diuguid

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 208
(618) 537-6559
drdiuguid@mckendree.edu



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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 OrellanaDr. Karee Orellana

300 Stanton St., 2nd Floor
(618) 537-6552
kmorellana@mckendree.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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