Master of Education in Special Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Education
Overview of the program
The Master of Education in Special Education program is designed to train leaders in the field of Special Education. Emphasis is placed on extended knowledge of theory and application of theory in real-life settings. Candidates are required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to have a positive impact on student achievement.
The degree program is 36 hours of coursework including student teaching or internship.
Requirements beyond the Master of Education in Special Education Degree may be necessary if the student is deficient in certification requisites. Students may elect to focus coursework toward State of Louisiana Certification in the following areas:
- Mild Moderate
- Early Intervention
- Noncategorical Preschool Disabilities
- Assessment Teacher
- Supervisor/Director of Special Education
- Gifted Education
Strengths of the program
- The Masters in Special Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
- Course objectives and learner outcomes are aligned with the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Learned Societies, and Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.
- The Faculty consists of highly qualified and caring individuals who are dedicated toproducing the highest quality teachers.
Preparing for a job in the program
Requisite skills for Special Education majors:
- Strong critical and analytical
- Strong communication and collaboration skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong behavior management skills
Careers in the program
Special education teacher, educational consultant, central office staff
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
$38,000 - $48,000
Campus organizations and activities affiliated with the program
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Phi Delta Kappa
Related fields that might interest you
- Social Work
- Educational Psychology
- Educational Technology
- Administrative Supervision
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
Qualities necessary to be successful in this field include: patience, perseverance, empathy, flexibility, consistency, and interest in teaching.
Necessary skills include: organizational skills, self management skills, communication skills, and social skills.
Dr. Gwen Autin, Graduate Coordinator