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Special Education Concentration

Master of Arts

In our Special Education concentration, you’ll grow in your ability to effectively meet the needs of special education students in your general education classroom.

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Summer 2019

Total Credits

33

Finish in as Few as

17 months (plus thesis)

Courses

  • Teacher as Leader (EDUC606)

    Focus is on the centrality of the teacher in the educational process. Examination of a variety of informal and formal ways in which teachers are leaders. Provision of a framework for thoughtful interaction with the changing image of teachers and the challenges of teacher leadership. The format for examining teaching in this light incorporates encounters with autobiography, critical reflection, and large and small group conversation.

    3 credits

  • Educational Research (EDUC611)

    Development of skills needed to search for, find, review, and summarize scholarly research articles and peer reviewed journals. Introduction to the Bethel University Librarys tools which support educational research. Understanding of APA style. Consideration of the connection between a Christian worldview and either a literature review or action research project.

    1 credits

  • Improving Instruction (EDUC616)

    Emphasis is on teaching strategies that will build on the experience of practicing teachers. Examination of a rich variety of approaches to instruction, along with supporting research. Provision of tools to analyze and incorporate the best of the newly emerging teaching methodologies. Particular attention is paid to the characteristics of an effective learning environment, as well as the understanding that how teaching is conducted has an enormous impact on students' ability to educate themselves. Models of teaching are really models of learning. The intent is to impart a renewed sense of the intellectual zest inherent in the craft of teaching and to make each model a potential part of a teacher's repertoire.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Differentiation and Responsive Teaching (EDUC730)

    Overview of the theory and research of differentiated instruction as a model for acquiring content, in processing ideas and in developing products to effectively address varying student needs in the K-12 classroom. Focus is on instructional strategies and the practical application of differentiation in the teacher-student's classroom. Meeting the needs of students with disabilities will be emphasized.

    3 credits

  • Responsive Pedagogy for English Language Learners (EDUC731)

    An overview of second language acquisition theories as the foundation for understanding learning processes of a second language learner. Focus is on differentiation for language proficiency levels and levels of former schooling while keeping the rigor of the grade-level content. Strategies for intentional academic language teaching within each content area will drive the lesson planning approach in this course. Crucial factors that influence the acquisition of the second language such as linguistic and cultural identity negotiation will also be addressed.

    3 credits

  • Culturally Responsive Instruction (EDUC732)

    Through stories, students will examine multicultural research, theory and practice. Students will explore their role as teacher in a culturally changing learning environment as they develop instructional strategies based on research-based best practice to become culturally responsive practitioners.

    3 credits

  • Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC756)

    Assists students in preparing their master's thesis or conducting an action research project. Focus is on the design process and includes the following topics: information on the nature and scope of the master's thesis/action research project; selection and refinement of topic; APA style; and the oral examination process.

    1 credits

  • Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project (EDUC790)

    Exploration of a significant educational issue relevant to the student's professional involvement through an independent, individually supervised thesis or project. Oral defense of students thesis or project following collaboration with thesis advisor to ensure guidelines have been followed and requirements have been met as noted in the Bethel University Graduate Education Thesis Handbook.

    3 credits

  • Measurement and Assessment in Education (PSYC635)

    Uses, misuses, and limitations of educational assessment techniques and tools. Practices and principles for assessment processes: psychometric theory, test construction, and standards for teacher-made tests. Alternatives to traditional assessment, particularly authentic assessment. Ethical issues in assessment and factors influencing test performance. Current scholarly research in educational measurement and assessment.

    3 credits

  • Select 3 from:

    • Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities (SPED600)

      Exploration of the five disability categories represented under Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS). Identification of strategies that support stakeholders of children with mild-moderate needs. Explanation of topics that form the basis for special education practice for students with mild-moderate disabilities. Identification of the impact culture and linguistics has on special education.

      3 credits

    • Reading Foundations (SPED620)

      Identification of relationships among reading, writing, and oral language, comprehension processes, and instructional strategies. Description of the structure of the English language and word identification strategies, and the role of vocabulary knowledge in language. Analysis of different texts for K-12 classrooms. Assessment strategies for reading and writing needs.

      3 credits

    • Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment (SPED631)

      Identification of assessment measures for instructional decisions, professional organizations and publications related to interventions, and the historical context and educational movements. Interpretation of assessment data. Designing of instruction and modifications and analysis of progress monitoring data. Description of students assessment results and progress understandable to all stakeholders.

      3 credits

    • Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs (SPED641)

      Introduction to behavior methods and mental health for students with mild/moderate

      3 credits

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