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Special Education Areas of Emphasis

There are three emphases offered in the Master’s degree program: (1) Behavior emphasis; (2) Curriculum emphasis and (3) Early Childhood Special Education emphasis. For students seeking an endorsement, please look at the subsequent endorsement program guide.

Behavior emphasis

Students choosing this option will be prepared to work with general and special educators in the assessment of students experiencing behavioral difficulties and to support the design, and implementation of group or individualized behavior management or modification programs. Coursework for this specialization requires program core coursework, and REHB 503-3, SPED 517-3, 550-3, 501-3, 594a-3 and six credit hours of approved electives. (For persons holding an LBSI certificate, successful completion of the specialization requirements WILL NOT entitle an individual to qualify for the LBSII Behavior Intervention Specialist Certificate.)

Curriculum emphasis

Students choosing this option will be prepared to work collaboratively with general educators and others in the adaptation of academic content to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities in inclusive and special education settings. Coursework for this specialization include the program core courses, and SPED 515-3, 511A-3, 511B-3, 516-3, 594b-3, and six credit hours of approved electives. (For persons holding an LBSI certificate, successful completion of the specialization requirements WILL NOT entitle an individual to qualify for the LBSII Curriculum Adaptation Specialist Certificate.)

Early Childhood Special Education emphasis

The Early Childhood Special emphasis provides advanced study in the education of infants and toddlers identified with a disability or developmental delay. Students completing this specialization for their Master’s degree will be required to complete the core courses and SPED 515-3, 550-3, 505-3, 512-3, 594d-3 and 6 credit hours of approved electives. Persons holding a Early Childhood—Preschool/Primary Certificate, or a Learning Behavior Specialist I professional educator license (PEL) may seek an Early Childhood Special Education approval. Completion of SPED 412, SPED 405, SPED 425 and CI 413 qualifies a candidate for the Early Childhood Special Education approval.