M.Ed. Special Education

30-51 credit hours
1 degree option

Master's in Special EducationFeatured Courses

As a student in the master's in special education at Concordia Nebraska, you’ ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the special education profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various special education careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Master's in Special EducationSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

M.Ed. Special Education Courses

EDUC 593
Basic Foundations of Special Education and Inclusive Practices
This course emphasizes awareness, knowledge of Special Education terms, collaboration and consultation, and empathy for exceptional and culturally diverse children; it provides an overview of the history, introduction to current theory, research, ethical practice and inclusive practices in special education. An overview of exceptional learner characteristics will be explored with an emphasis on understanding and teaching students with special needs within common structures found in schools today focused on student needs being served in an inclusive setting. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
EDUC 558
Current Issues and Legal Aspects of Special Education and Inclusion
This course provides the candidate with the latest information on the statuses, regulations, policy guidance, and cases on special education law, as well as the most current information on: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Rtl—Response to Intervention, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This course will also cover Nebraska Rule 51.
EDUC 539
Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs in Inclusive Settings
This course emphasizes the use of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs at all education levels. Its non-categorical approach helps teachers ensure all students’ success regardless of their specific categories of exceptionality. The course integrates today’s expectations for students with a strong commitment to inclusive practices, tempered to the realities of day-to-day teaching. The text provides teachers with a firm grounding in special education practices, an understanding of the professionals who support these students and the procedures followed to ensure their rights are upheld, and a wealth of research-based strategies and interventions that can foster their success. This course will provide teachers information about the individual needs of all learners, and practice in identifying those needs. It will also provide opportunities to begin creating differentiated instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
EDUC 576
Behavior Management in Inclusive Settings
This course explores fundamental concepts and issues related to behavior management at the school- wide and classroom level. Emphasis is placed on research-based intervention for behavioral issues. The instructional goals of this course are to provide candidates with theory, principles and procedures for serving the academic, social and emotional needs of students with emotional and behavior disorders in inclusive settings. To meet the goals, the course will be organized as follows: a) a brief overview of characteristics, b) planning and organizing instruction, c) assessment and educational placement considerations, d) curriculum and programming including scientifically research-based strategies, and e) educational, social and emotional issues across a lifespan. This course will include 10 hours of direct contact with young children, age’s birth through kindergarten, including those with special developmental and/or learning needs.
EDUC 594
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice
EDUC 559
Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Struggling Learners in Inclusive Settings
This course explores diverse instructional strategies to meet the needs of students at-risk or identified with learning disabilities in inclusive settings. Focus is on a range of evidence based interventions (e.g., accommodations specified in the IEP), curriculum, strategies and materials for addressing individualized student needs within the general education classroom.
EDUC 591
Instructional Methods for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Other Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
This course focuses on effective approaches to working with students who have cognitive, autistic, or other moderate disabilities. The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding of how students with special needs are provided educational opportunities in today’s elementary and secondary schools. The course will differentiate characteristics of various disabilities, distinguish collaborative teaching practices, and identify instructional strategies (e.g., modifications specified in the IEP), for successful inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities. The content of this course reflects the depth of knowledge and skill required of effective teachers of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other low incidence disabilities. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
EDUC 592
Assessment and Evaluation of Diverse Learners
This course will build knowledge and understanding of the selection and administration of standardized assessments for screening, diagnostics, and progress monitoring of all learners. Models for the formulation of assessment plans for struggling learners and students with persistent academic disabilities will be explored including assessments based on modified achievement standards. Alternate assessments will also be discussed for students with more significant cognitive disabilities. Additionally, this course will focus on special issues in assessment and evaluation including theoretical, legal, and statistical foundations related to assessment in special education and interpretation of assessment results within a Response to Intervention (RTI)/Problem-solving framework to guide instruction for students with learning difficulties. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
EDUC 660
Outcome-based Instructional Methods in Inclusive Settings
This course explores methods of effective and efficient teaching strategies that promote optimal learning for struggling students including Universal Design for Learning. Candidates will learn how to optimize student learning, select critical content and break complex tasks into obtainable pieces for all students within an inclusive setting. Additional focus will be placed on monitoring accuracy of student responses and adjusting a lesson based on student performance. Throughout this course, candidates will have multiple opportunities to evaluate how explicit instruction (effective and efficient teaching strategies) can align with their current K-12 classroom and discover occasions for application. This course will include 5 hours of direct contact with children with disabilities and 5 hours of observation.
EDUC 625
Serving and Leading in Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
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