Initial Program – Does Not Lead To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Make an Impact on Children of Diverse Learning Abilities
With Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in Special Education, you can master the knowledge to support exceptional K-12 students. In this M.Ed in Special Education program, you discover new methods to nurture special student populations and accommodate their learning needs. Offered by the College of Education, our rigorous curriculum delivered by expert faculty helps you adapt your instructional strategies to meet each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
In the masters in special education program, you increase your familiarity with emotional, physical and intellectual disabilities and heighten your expertise in assessment, intervention and transition planning. Using critical thinking, review innovative ways to engage students with mild to moderate disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and enhance their academic experience. Field experience opportunities throughout your program provide the setting for practical application of theories, research, and strategies.
Engage Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
In the Master of Education in Special Education program, you examine cross-categorical teaching concepts and review theories and research from 21st-century classroom practice to help you develop into an outstanding special education teacher. In addition, you explore innovative interventions and examine principles of collaborative teaching. Focus is placed on your ability to identify, evaluate and assess learning disabilities and instructional strategies that improve student achievement.
What You Will Learn
Develop a Foundation for Educating Students with Disabilities
In this masters in special education degree program, teacher candidates examine:
- Lesson planning, development and assessment, and methods to engage diverse learners.
- Professional ethical principles, practice standards, laws and regulations that guide special educators.
- First through eighth-grade classroom management.
- Serving students with mild to moderate disabilities.
- Child and early adolescent growth and development.
- Typical and atypical language development and associated disabilities and disorders.
Choose a Career Special Education
Common careers after gaining initial teacher licensure are elementary, junior high or high school special education teacher, school resource instructor, child advocate and disability services consultant. Potential workplaces include private, charter and public schools, colleges, and social service organizations.
Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 11% of students graduated on time (within 16 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $28,276.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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Last updated August 13, 2018