Special Education, M.S. - Learning Disabilities

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Application Deadline

Rolling admissions 

All Master ’s degrees in special education require 30 credits, as well as a culminating experience. Some graduate courses may require field experiences. Courses should not be taken without an adviser’s approval.

Graduate students can work towards a Master of Science degree in Special Education in a variety of concentration areas, including Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities and Interdisciplinary Special Education. Sixth-year professional diplomas in Applied Behavior Analysis and Assistive Technology are also offered.

Admission and program requirements are as follows:

An interview, essay and two letters of recommendation are required for admission. However, additional materials may be required. Please see adviser for additional information.

The program includes a culminating requirement such as a comprehensive exam or a thesis. Contact the Special Education and Reading Office for information on acceptance to the program.

Learning Disabilities — 30 Credits

SED 530 — Approaches to Learning Disabilities: Issues and Research — 3 credits
SED 536 — Diagnostic Testing and Reporting in Learning Disabilities — 3 credits
SED 537 — Seminar in Learning Disabilities — 3 credits
SED 539 — Clinical Practices in Learning Disabilities — 3 credits

Select one of the following:

SED 535 — Programming for Learning Disabilities: Middle and Secondary Levels — 3 credits
SED 554 — The At-Risk Child in the Early Elementary Grades: Instruction and Assessment — 3 credits

*15 credits of graduate electives may be chosen from special education or related courses with advisor approval, but these may not be credits that have been applied to a previous degree. These courses can be any graduate level course in the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, or School of Health and Human Services.

*Comprehensive Exam in Learning Disabilities is Required.

Special Education Comprehensive Examination Schedule

NOTE: If Easter falls on the first Sunday in April, comprehensive examinations will be held on the second Saturday.