The alternative K-12 Collaborative Special Education (M.S.E.) program from Samford University is designed for the working professional who has earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than education from a regionally accredited institution who now desires to become a certified special education teacher.
This is a full-time program that may require students to attend classes on campus and at clinical settings during traditional work hours. Some class meetings will be online and some will take place in the evenings on campus.
This 36-credit hour program offers an accelerated approach to certification through advanced courses in the teaching field and a core of professional courses in education. The final semester requires a full-time commitment to student teaching.
Students will graduate in just five semesters with the necessary knowledge, practical skills and professional dispositions required of today’s teachers and will be prepared to serve as an advocate for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success.
Objectives and Curriculum
Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will earn a master's degree and will be eligible for Class A certification (provided current certification requirements of the Alabama State Department of Education have been met) in just five semesters. Additionally, they will have the opportunity for extensive field experience, practical content application and meaningful research.
Graduates of the alternative A K-12 collaborative special education (M.S.E.) program will master the following concepts:
- Accommodations and modifications for all student needs
- Assessment procedures and processes in special education
- Effective instructional strategies for working with low and high incidence disabilities
- Research-based methods of instruction in the K-12 special education classroom
- Managing challenging behavior using the functional behavioral assessment
- How to write individualized education plans
- Instructional Adaptation for Student Diversity
- Low Incidence Disabilities (K-12)
- Assessment Procedures & Processes in Special Education
- Managing Challenging Behavior in the Classroom: A Functional Behavioral Approach
- High Incidence Disabilities (K-12)
- Research-Based Methods of Instruction for High and Low Incidence Disabilities
- 20 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have graduated with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Online application for admission. Please be sure to list your personal e-mail address on the application.
- $35 Application Fee. This non-refundable fee is payable by credit card and is waived for Samford alumni, and current Samford students, faculty or staff.
- Official Transcript(s) from all higher education institutions attended
- Passing scores on Praxis Core tests: Math: 150 Reading: 156 Writing: 162
- Statement of purpose.
- Background clearance letter.
- Dispositions form filled out by current supervisor.
- Interview with program director.
International19958 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 20 months.
National19958 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 924 USD per credit during 20 months.
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