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Special Education (with concentration in Educational Specialists for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities), M.Ed.

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  • 24 months
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Graduate programs in Special Education prepare educators to meet national standards of excellence in communication skills, professional knowledge, and teaching competence. Programs of study are offered for both entry-level and experienced professionals and include certification and non-certification options. 
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Overview

This 36-credit hour program leads to state certification as an Educational Specialist for Students with Severe Disabilities (286). It is designed for candidates who have an interest in working with students with autism spectrum disorders and other low incidence disabilities, and who have a background in elementary or secondary education; however, it may be appropriate for students with undergraduate majors in related fields such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, occupational and physical therapy, and nursing.  Courses are delivered via distance education technology.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Diversity in Development
  • Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and Case Management
  • Educational Methods for Students with Autism
  • Instructional Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities
  • Program Planning and Management
  • Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities
  • Positive Behavior Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Universal Design for Learning in PK12 Classrooms

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A completed online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript of all previous college or university work
  • Official test scores
  • A $65 application fee
  • Certificate of Finances
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores
  • A copy of passport or visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1430 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1430 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    439 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 439 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Funding

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