Special Education

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Rebecca Davis

This Master of Special Education (M. Sp.Ed.) program provides an advanced knowledge base for licensed special education teachers interested in continuing their professional development, becoming curriculum leaders or enhancing their professional status.

Students can choose between two emphasis areas: General emphasis or Early Childhood Special Education emphasis.

This program requires four core courses as well as 15 hours of additional special education coursework. You must also complete nine hours of advisor-approved electives.

Students may select either the thesis or non-thesis option.

  • The thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework, a written thesis or graduate project, and an oral defense of the thesis or graduate project
  • The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive exam

All professors hold terminal degrees in special education or a related field and bring a wealth of public school experience that blends theory and practice in providing positive student learning opportunities.

All graduate instructors check student progress using multiple methods to assess student work.

The program incorporates use of technology in classroom instruction.

Alternative Licensure Program
We also offer an alternative licensure program for students who have already earned bachelor's degrees and wish to obtain N.M. special education licensure by taking master's level coursework.

All students must be admitted into the graduate school and the College of Education and Technology graduate program before beginning alternative licensure coursework. Twelve hours of master's level coursework from the alternative licensure program will count toward a master's degree in special education.

Advisors for this program:
Kathie Good
Rebecca Davis
Michael Shaughnessy
Robin A. Wells

View the degree plans: