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Special Education - Master of Education
The goal of the special education program is to prepare highly qualified special education teachers certified at the Master's degree level who are capable of collaborating with classroom teachers as team teachers or consultants to meet the needs of children and young adults with disabilities in inclusive, non-categorical public school settings.
On-campus coursework and field-based internship experiences will lead graduate students to competencies in the areas of educational assessment, holistic instruction, direct instruction, curriculum development, management of learning environments, selection and modification of instructional materials, application of research findings, case and systems advocacy, and the organization and evaluation of special education service systems.
The M.Ed. degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate-level credits. The exact number of credit hours will depend on the student's background, competencies, and professional goals, and will be determined by the advisor.
PREREQUISITES FOR GENERAL SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION
- All candidates are required to complete a course in mathematics teaching methods and a course in reading teaching methods. At UNH, courses that meet the requirements are EDUC 806 Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School and EDUC 907 Foundations of Literacy Instruction. Courses that meet the mathematics requirement are MATH 601 Exploring Mathematics for Teachers I and EDUC 741 Exploring Mathematics with Young Children. Equivalent courses taken at another college or university may be substituted.
- All students are required to complete EDUC 850 Introduction to Exceptionality, and EDUC 851A Educating Exceptional Learners: Elementary, or EDUC 851B Educating Exceptional Learners: Secondary. Equivalent courses taken at another college or university may be substituted.
- Credits for prerequisite courses will not count toward those needed for the M.Ed. degree.
REQUIRED COURSES FOR ALL STUDENTS
Core Courses (12 graduate credits)
|EDUC||756/856||Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities||4|
|EDUC||882||Introduction to Research Methods (or equivalent)||4|
|EDUC||938||Advanced Seminar in Special Education OR EDUC 959 Issues in Education||4|
Elective Courses (24 graduate credits)
Students will elect a miniumu of 24 graduate credits in consultation with their academic advisor. At most, 4 credit hours of EDUC 889 Master's Thesis may count as elective work.
Additional requirements for students seeking certification
|EDUC||900C||Internship and Seminar in Special Education||3 or 6|
|EDUC||901C||Internship and Seminar in Special Education||3 or 6|
|EDUC||939||Assessment and Teaching of Children with Learning Difficulties||4|
|EDUC||940||Assessment and Teaching of Children with Learning Difficulties||4|
Core Courses for Special Education Administration in Addition to Those Necessary for Certification in General Special Education
|EDUC||951||Laws and Regulations Affecting the Education of Students with Disabilities||4|
|EDUC||956||Learning to Listen: Developing Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Challenging Behaviors||4|
|EDUC||961||Public School Administration||4|
|EDUC||962||Educational Finance and Business Management||4|
|EDUC||964||Human Resources in Education||4|
|EDUC||974||Administrative Internship and Field Project||4|
All students will have the option of one of two concluding experiences:
1. Research project with a defense, or
2. A research thesis (EDUC 899) that meets the requirements of the Graduate School and the Education Department (6-10 credits).
Requirements for the thesis are explained in the Graduate School publication entitled Thesis and Dissertation Manual. Requirements for the project may be obtained from the adviser or on the program Web site www.gradschool.unh.edu.
Optional additional certifications are available in Learning Disabilities Certification, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Certification, and Special Education Administration Certification. Learn more about the requirements for these certifications.
Graduate credit is normally granted only for coursework completed with a grade of B- or higher. Any grade below B- will not count for graduate credit and will count toward the accumulation of nine (9) failing credits which may require the student to withdraw from the program.
Consult the Graduate School catalog for additional information concerning academic standards.