Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Special Education, Master of Education (MEd) - Concentration in Birth-Grade 8

This program will be a 36 credit M.Ed. On-line Program that emphasizes teaching children with disabilities age birth to grade 8 in school environments. The program will be offered to students that already have an Instructional I or II Certification in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, or Elementary Education from Pennsylvania or other states. The program has been developed to specifically meet the PDE teacher competencies found within the Chapter 49 guidelines. This M.Ed. Program is a specialized degree that will allow professionals to obtain duel certification in special education and one of the other areas mentioned above. Students will be required to identify a certified Special Education Teacher to act as their mentor throughout the program. The program mentor will help to supervise and facilitate the various field experiences (20 hours) required in each of the courses in the program. All courses in the program meet or exceed standards and competencies established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for special education certification. 

Related Links

Special Education - Birth to Grade 8, MEd Program Page

Special Education Department Page

Special Education - Birth to Grade 8 Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Area I - Core Courses In Special Education
SPED 611Special Education Law3
SPED 617Current Research in Special Education3
SPED 625Instructional Strategies for Learning and Behavioral Problems3
Subtotal9
Area II - Concentration/Additional Classes
SPED 601Advanced Studies in Learning Disabilities3
SPED 607Positive Classroom Interventions3
SPED 618Developing Integrated Language and Literacy Programs for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 628Developmental Disabilities3
SPED 640Advanced Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 644Advanced Study of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3
SPED 645Early Intervention for Young Learners with Special Needs3
SPED 646Assessment and Evaluation3
Subtotal24
Area III - Practicum
SPED 648Clinical Practicum in Special Education 13
Subtotal3
Total Hours36

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9 88
Concentration Code: BGR8