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Special Education

The Special Education master’s program provides comprehensive graduate programs for students desiring professional careers in special education. Students completing the master’s degree usually assume positions as classroom, consultant, or inclusion teachers of children and adolescents with varying disabilities in schools, clinics, and residential facilities. The Special Education graduate program provides opportunities for two groups of students: (1) those with general education licensure who wish to earn special education endorsement and (2) those with special education licensure who wish to increase their skills through advanced study. The program, offered in the Quad Cities, integrates the needs of Illinois and Iowa endorsement requirements. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to impact their students’ learning, their classrooms, and their schools.

Track I

Core Courses (20 sh)
    SPED 514: Collaboration in SPED (3 sh)
    SPED 518: Career Ed and Transition (2 sh)
    SPED 581: SPED Law and Supervision (3 sh)
    SPED 613: Families, Diversity, and Social Issues (3 sh)
    SPED 622: Action Research in ED (3 sh)
    SPED 624: Action Research Project (3 sh)
    EIS 500: Methods of Research (3 sh)

Required Courses: (18 sh)
    SPED 517: Behavior Intervention (3 sh)
    SPED 519: Psychoeducational Assessment (4 sh)
    SPED 551: Characteristics of Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (3 sh)

Two SPED Methods Courses:
    SPED 523: Instructional Methods: Moderate/Severe Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 526: Instructional Methods: Mild Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 536: Instructional Methods: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (3 sh)
    SPED 546: Instructional Methods: Learning Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 552: Instructional Methods: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K-6 (3 sh)
    SPED 553: Instructional methods: Mild/Moderate Disabilities 7-12 (3 sh)

Directed Electives (1 semester hour) - as agreed upon by student and advisor

Track II

Core Courses (20 sh)
    SPED 514: Collaboration in SPED (3 sh)
    SPED 518: Career Ed and Transition (2 sh)
    SPED 581: SPED Law and Supervision (3 sh)
    SPED 613: Families, Diversity, and Social Issues (3 sh)
    SPED 622: Action Research in ED (3 sh)
    SPED 624: Action Research Project (3 sh)
    EIS 500: Methods of Research (3 sh)

Required Courses: (18 sh)
    SPED 505: Diagnostic Assessment for Program Planning (3 sh)
    SPED 600: Seminar in Curriculum (3 sh)
    SPED 617: Advanced Behavioral Intervention (3 sh)

Two SPED Methods Courses:
    SPED 523: Instructional Methods: Moderate/Severe Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 526: Instructional Methods: Mild Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 536: Instructional Methods: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (3 sh)
    SPED 546: Instructional Methods: Learning Disabilities (3 sh)
    SPED 552: Instructional Methods: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K-6 (3 sh)
    SPED 553: Instructional methods: Mild/Moderate Disabilities 7-12 (3 sh)

Directed Electives (5 semester hours) - as agreed upon by student and advisor

Total program = 37 semester hours