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The Special Education Program at the University of Oklahoma

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Oklahoma Special Education Program is to improve educational and post-high school outcomes for individuals with disabilities through: (a) the preparation of quality personnel at the undergraduate and graduate levels; (b) the development and dissemination of new knowledge, and instruction methods; and (c) providing service and leadership to the field.

The University of Oklahoma Special Education program offers a Bachelor of Science; certificates in the Fundamental of Special Education*, Applied Behavior Analysis and Secondary Transition; a Master of Education across three emphasis areas (Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, and/or Secondary Transition); and a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

*fulfills bootcamp requirements

Bachelor of Science in Special Education (B.S.)

The four-year Bachelor of Science degree within the Special Education program prepares undergraduate students to become teachers certified to instruct students with mild and moderate disabilities. In addition, students will apply for certification to become a highly-qualified teacher in one of these general education areas:

• Early Childhood Education
• Elementary Education
• Secondary Education
    - Science
    - Mathematics
    - Language Arts
    - Social Studies

Courses in these general education areas may be added as electives in the course sequence to better prepare students to work with more diverse populations within each grade level span.

Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) via a Blended Format (Minimum of 33 hours)

The Master of Education within the Special Education program prepares graduate students with knowledge, skills, instructional expertise and leadership abilities to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in school and other environments.

All courses within this program are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

As part of a M.Ed. in special education, students complete a set of required courses and elective courses designed to provide emphasis in one or more of the following areas:

• Fundamentals of Special Education to instruct students with mild-moderate disabilities (also meets OSDE Bootcamp requirements).
• Applied Behavior Analysis that includes a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis (see certificate description below).
• Secondary Transition that includes a graduate certificate in secondary transition education (see certificate description below)

GRADUATE CERTIFICATES

• Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis via a Blended Format (18 hours)
Applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate degree, may apply to the OU Graduate College to pursue a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students admitted to the graduate degree program in special education can also take the sequence of ABA courses as electives and apply for the certificate.

The Graduate College certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis consists of an 18-hour sequence of courses approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Successful completion of these courses fulfills the academic requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) exam. To be considered for admission to this graduate certificate, applicants must have or be working toward attaining a graduate degree in applied behavior analysis, education, or psychology.

All courses within this certificate are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

Important Notice: OU does not issue BCBA certification. Although the ABA coursework has been vetted and approved by the BACB, students must independently submit their credentials to the BACB and pass the BCBA exam.

•  Certificate Program in Secondary Transition Education via a Blended Format (12 hours)
Applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate degree may apply to the OU Graduate College to pursue the certificate in Secondary Transition Education. Students admitted to the graduate degree program in special education can also take the sequence of secondary transition courses as electives and apply for the certificate.

The OU Graduate College certificate program in Secondary Transition Education consists of a 12-hour sequence of courses. By completing four courses, students learn how to implement evidence-based transition education practices and become effective transition educators and specialists. This course of study prepares students to be secondary educators skillful in implementing transition best practices. It also prepares students to be transition specialists who coordinate school, district or state practices. Graduates prepare students and families to develop and implement quality transition plans by creating effective transition programs, ensuring students learn skills predictive of post-high school education and employment, and facilitating individualized support networks.

All courses within this program are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

•  Certificate Program in Fundamentals of Special Education via a Blended Format (18 hours)
Applicants who have an undergraduate or graduate degree may apply to the OU Graduate College to pursue the certificate in Fundamentals of Special Education. Students admitted to the graduate degree program in special education can also take the sequence of fundamentals courses as electives and apply for the certificate.

The OU Graduate College certificate program in Fundamentals of Special Education consists of an 18-hour sequence of courses. By completing six courses, students learn how to implement evidence-based practices and become effective special educators and leaders. This course of study prepares students to be special educators skillful in implementing best practices.

All courses within this program are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

Doctoral Degree in Special Education Program

The doctoral program in Special Education prepares graduate students with at least two years of experience teaching or working with individuals with disabilities to become university professors or researchers, school instructional leaders, or program leaders in higher education, community agencies or other settings.

Courses for the doctoral degree within the Special Education program are delivered via a combination of traditional face-to-face courses and courses using blended learning. In addition to coursework, students also complete a set of individually designed residency activities that include university teaching, research and service activities. Students have the opportunity to include the graduate certificate coursework (e.g., BCBA or transition certificates) as part of their degree program.