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Master's in Special Education Curriculum

The curriculum of the Special Education Master's degree is designed for general educators who wish to meet the demands of educating students with special needs in a variety of school environments. You will have the ability to apply the skills you have developed immediately in your career.

Prerequisite for Special Education Certification Program: Level 1 certification in Early Childhood Development and/or Elementary Education and/or Secondary Education

Special Education Core Courses (36 Credits)

  • SPE 600 Current Issues in Special Education: Theoretical Practice and Procedures*
  • SPE 608 Families, Schools, and Communities: Communication and Collaboration*
  • SPE 602 Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring*
  • SPE 603 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with High Incidence Disabilities*
  • SPE 604 Research-based Models and Procedures: Literacy, Written and Oral Language, and Reading in the Content Areas*
  • SPE 605 Research-based Models and Procedures: Mathematics and Science Procedures*
  • SPE 612 Inclusive Classroom Practices (not for Certification students)* – SPE 638/639 has replaced SPE 612 for Certification students
  • SPE 606 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Emotional/Social and Behavioral Disorders
  • SPE 607 Theory and Instructional Practice: Students with Low Incidence Disabilities*

Special Education Advanced Elective Courses

  • SPE 601 Technology and Instructional Design for Differentiated Instruction
  • SPE 700 Special Education School Law and Policy
  • SPE 701 Cognitive Processes: Research-based Brain Studies for the Educator
  • SPE 702 Culturally Responsive Teaching Structured Language Instruction

View the Special Education Course Descriptions

WILSON Reading System® Level 1 Courses

  • SPE 710 Wilson Reading Program: Introduction to Multisensory Structured Language Instruction (1 credit)
  • SPE 711 Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Basic Word Study 1-3) (3 credits)
  • SPE 712 Wilson Reading Program: Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Basic Word Study 4-6) (3 credits)
  • SPE 713 Wilson Reading Program: Clinical Intensive Instruction for the Non-Responsive Reader (Practicum) (3 credits)

View the Wilson Reading System® Course Descriptions

Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Endorsement Courses

  • SPE 720 Introduction to ASD: Overview of Causality, Diagnosis and Advocacy (3 credits)
    *Please note: SPE 720 must be taken as the first Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization course.
  • SPE 721 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Socialization Strategies (3 credits)
  • SPE 722 Evidenced-Based Practices: Assessment, Interventions, and Instructional Methodologies (3 credits)
  • SPE 723 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior Management Approaches (3 credits)

View the Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Endorsement Course Descriptions

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Special Education curriculum from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative right away or request more information.

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