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master of arts and/or
certification in special education

Course Descriptions:
Multicategorical Special Education

The Multicategorical Special Education Program consists of required courses in the following areas:

  • Core Courses
  • Specialization Courses
  • Courses Specific to Multicategorical Special Education
  • Courses for Degree Only

Individuals in the Multicategorical Special Education Grades 5-Adult are also required to hold a content endorsement in the academic content area(s) in which they are assigned to teach.

Core Courses

SPED 500
Educational/Legal Foundations: Special Education
Federal and state laws and regulations as well as major court cases impacting the field of special education and their implications for practice.

SPED 601
Academic Interventions for Special Needs
Organization and adaptation of effective teaching methods to meet individual learning needs and promote academic achievement.

SPED 603
Classroom/Behavior Management for Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies for classroom and behavior management for individuals and groups.

SPED 609
Technology Applications for Special Needs
Instructional technology for learning activities to teach 21st century skills.

SPED 663
Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
Skills and strategies for collaboration and/or consultation within an inclusive school environment.

Specialization Courses


SPED 665
Mathematics for Special Needs
Evidence-based mathematics interventions for students struggling to learn math skills.

SPED 666
Reading for Special Needs
Evidence-based reading interventions for students struggling to learn reading/literacy skills.

SPED 667
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in primary and intermediate grade.

SPED 668
Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in middle and high school grade.

RDNG 622
Content Area Literacy Instruction
Evidence-based strategies for teaching reading and literacy skills embedded in instruction in academic content areas.

Courses Specific to Multicategorical Special Education

SPED 669
Culminating Practicum: Multicategorical SPED
Clinical experience with children or adolescents with mild/moderate disabilities in elementary or secondary public school settings.

Courses Required for Degree Only


SPED 675
Research to Practice
Identification of special education issues and action research strategies for investigating issues in educational practice.

SPED 680 
Culminating Project
Completion of master’s program projects in applied research, curriculum development, or program design.