Master of Education in Special Education

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed.

  1. A bachelor’s degree.
  2. For students seeking North Dakota teacher certification, T&L 315 Education of Exceptional Students, or its equivalent taken as either a prerequisite or corequisite with the master’s coursework.
  3. For students seeking North Dakota teacher endorsement, an elementary reading methods course and an elementary math methods course taken as either prerequisites or corequisites with the master’s coursework.
  4. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A = 4.00).
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete the School of Graduate Studies online application.
  2. Submit the application fee of $35.
  3. Recommend three people who will complete the recommendation form:
    1. one from an employment supervisor or administrator;
    2. one from a professional colleague or university professor; and
    3. one from a person of your choosing.
  4. Send official transcripts from each institution attended to the School of Graduate Studies.
  5. Complete the personal statement and attach it in the “essay” section of the application. The personal statement should address three questions:
    1. describe several personal and professional goals you would like to achieve in the next five years including why these goals are important to you;
    2. describe the characteristics, attitudes, values, and/or skills that you think will make you a good candidate for your chosen professional role; and
    3. describe what you have done professionally or personally that you are proud of.

Descriptions of the Specialization Areas

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA):  The ABA specialization area includes coursework and an intensive practicum that focuses on concepts and principles, assessment and behavior change systems, methods and applications, ethics, and research methods. This specialization is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): The ASD specialization area focuses on children, adolescents, and adults with ASD and addresses several aspects of ASD including characteristics, assessment, methods/strategies, interagency collaboration/support, and application in a field setting.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE): The ECSE specialization area focuses on children from birth to age nine and addresses various disabilities, primarily developmental in nature, and addresses several aspects of ECSE including characteristics, assessment, methods/strategies, all forms of development, (e.g., language, physical), and application in a field setting.

Emotional Disturbance (ED): The ED specialization area focuses on children and adolescents with both emotional and behavior disorders and addresses several aspects of ED including characteristics, assessment, behavior and academic methods/strategies, and application in a field setting.

General Special Education: The general specialization area is a “design your own program” option. Students can choose courses from all of the courses offered by the special education program.

Gifted/Talented Education (GT): The GT specialization area focuses on children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment. The specialization area addresses characteristics, assessment, methods/strategies, and application in a field setting.

Intellectual Disabilities (ID): The ID specialization area focuses on children and adolescents with DCD (the federal law refers to this population as those with mental retardation) and addresses several aspects of ID including characteristics, assessment, methods/strategies, and application in a field setting.

Learning Disabilities (LD): The LD specialization area focuses on children and adolescents with learning problems that are not due to developmental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities and addresses several aspects of LD including characteristics, assessment, methods/strategies, and application in a field setting.

Special Education Strategist (SES): The SES specialization area is a cross-categorical area that encompasses all of the courses in the specialization areas of ID, ED, and LD. Since it addresses three disability areas, it is the largest specialization area in number of credits required.

Visual Impairment (VI): The VI specialization area focuses on children and adolescents who are visually impaired or blind and addresses several aspects of VI including characteristics, assessment, braille code, methods/strategies, orientation/mobility, and application in a field setting.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Education degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Special Education program. Note that the Master of Education degree provides an on-campus format only.

  1. A minimum of 32 credits including credits required for the major/specialization.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500 level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours may be transferred from another institution.
  4. Two credits of SPED 995 Scholarly Project or four credits of T&L 998 Thesis.
  5. Six credits of foundations of education courses. E.g.:
  6. EFR 500Introduction to the Foundations of Education3
    EFR 501Psychological Foundations of Education3
    EFR 502Issues and Trends in Education3
    EFR 503Historical Foundations of Education3
    EFR 504Philosophical Foundations of Education3
    EFR 505Sociological Foundations of Education3
    EFR 506Multicultural Education3
    EFR 507Gender, Sexuality and Education3
    EFR 508Anthropological Foundations of Education3
    T&L 553Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community3
    SPED 552Inclusive Methods3
  7. In addition to #4 and #5 above, choose one or more specialization areas and complete the required courses and elective courses for a minimum total of 32 credits for the M.Ed. degree*:

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Required Courses
SPED 560Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder2
SPED 561Methods for Autism Spectrum Disorder2
SPED 567Assessment in Autism Spectrum Disorder2
SPED 583Internship: Autism Spectrum Disorders1-6
Elective Courses
Select nine of the following:18
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Supports Across the Lifespan
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Medical Issues and Trends
Structured Teaching
Methods for Students with Asperger Syndrome
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intensive Early Intervention
Behavior Management
Special Topics in Special Education (Introduction to ABA)
Special Topics in Special Education (Experimental Analysis of Behavior)
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits25-30

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Required Courses
SPED 510Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education2
SPED 511Identification and Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs3
SPED 512Methods and Materials for Preschool Children with Special Needs3
SPED 589Internship: Early Childhood Special Education2-8
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:15
IEP Development
Intervention Strategies with Infants and Toddlers
Advanced Assistive Technology
Language Development & Cognition in Children
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Behavior Management
Special Topics in Special Education ( Infant/Toddler Mental Health)
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits25-31
*

If seeking special education endorsement in ECSE in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Emotional Disturbance (ED)

Required Courses
SPED 506Introduction to Emotional Behavioral Disorders2
SPED 551Advanced Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 555Advanced Methods: Emotional Behavioral Disorders3
SPED 586Internship: Emotional Behavioral Disorders2-6
Elective Courses
Select five of the following:15
IEP Development
Transition to Adult Life
Advanced Assistive Technology
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Behavior Management
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits25-29
*

If seeking special education endorsement in ED in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Gifted/Talented (GT)

Required Courses
SPED 522Introduction to Gifted/Talented Education3
SPED 523Assessment in Gifted/Talented Education3
SPED 524Teaching Methods in Gifted/Talented Education3
SPED 584Internship: Gifted/Talented2-6
Elective Courses
Select five of the following:15
Advanced Assessment in Special Education
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Behavior Management
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas or other T&L courses approved by the advisor
Total Credits26-30
*

If seeking special education endorsement in GT in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Intellectual Disabilities (ID)

Required Courses
SPED 507Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities2
SPED 551Advanced Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 556Advanced Methods: Intellectual Disabilties3
SPED 587Internship: Intellectual Disabilities1-6
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:15
IEP Development
Transition to Adult Life
Advanced Assistive Technology
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavior Management
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits24-29
*

If seeking special education endorsement in DCD in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Learning Disabilities (LD)

Required Courses
SPED 508Introduction to Learning Disabilities2
SPED 551Advanced Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 554Advanced Methods: Learning Disabilities3
SPED 588Internship: Learning Disabilities2-6
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:15
IEP Development
Transition to Adult Life
Advanced Assistive Technology
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Behavior Management
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits25-29
*

If seeking special education endorsement in LD in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Strategist (SES)

Required Courses
SPED 506Introduction to Emotional Behavioral Disorders2
SPED 507Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities2
SPED 508Introduction to Learning Disabilities2
SPED 551Advanced Assessment in Special Education3
SPED 554Advanced Methods: Learning Disabilities3
SPED 555Advanced Methods: Emotional Behavioral Disorders3
SPED 556Advanced Methods: Intellectual Disabilties3
SPED 586Internship: Emotional Behavioral Disorders2-6
SPED 587Internship: Intellectual Disabilities2-6
SPED 588Internship: Learning Disabilities2-6
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:1
IEP Development
Transition to Adult Life
Advanced Assistive Technology
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavior Management
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits25-37
*

If seeking special education endorsement in SES in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Daktoa, refer to that state’s requirements.

Visual Impairment (VI)

Required Courses
SPED 500Introduction to Visual Impairment3
SPED 502Braille Reading and Writing2
SPED 505Low Vision Assessment and Remediation2
SPED 585Internship: Visual Impairment2-6
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:15
Diseases and Function of the Eye
Orientation and Mobility/Visual Impairment
Communication Media and Methods/Visual Impairment
IEP Development
Transition to Adult Life
Advanced Assistive Technology
Inclusive Methods
Collaborative Relationships: Home, School and Community
Progress Monitoring
Multi-Tier System of Supports
Behavior Management
Special Topics in Special Education (Braille Code)
Special Education Law
Additional credits from the other specialization areas
Total Credits24-28
*

If seeking special education endorsement in VI in North Dakota, confer with your advisor regarding these requirements. If seeking teacher certification in a state other than North Dakota, refer to that state’s requirements.

Office of the Registrar

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Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382