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Educational Psychology, Instuctional Technology & Special Education

Masters in Special Education with A Non-Traditional Route to Certification

Masters With Non-Traditional Certification


The University of Oklahoma Masters (M.Ed.) program consists of courses leading to a Masters Degree (M.Ed.) in Special Education, and includes coursework that enables a student to apply to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) for non-traditional certification.  Students apply directly to the OSDE to obtain provisional and standard certification via OSDE’s policies and procedures for non-traditional certification. Go to http://ok.gov/sde/non-traditional-route-special-education-teacher-certification for further information and clarification of the non-traditional special education certification.

Face-to-Face and Hybrid Formats

Most courses will be delivered via face-to-face classes and in a hybrid format (online, or through a video teleconference system where students gather at designated sites across OK). Some, or all, of the Advanced Assessment course will use a condensed format, delivered at a single central location using a weekend format.

Application

To obtain the non-traditional certification and/or Masters Degree in Special Education students need to complete the application materials to apply for admissions into the OU Masters program. Application information can be found here.

 

Non-Traditional Certification Requirements

To obtain non-traditional special education certification, students need to successfully complete a prescribed sequence of courses consisting of:

·         A 150-clock-hour “boot camp” sequence of courses

·         Six special education method courses (18 credit hours). At least two of these courses must be completed per year for three consecutive years to maintain the provisional certificate. Once students complete a minimum of 18 hours of identified coursework they are eligible to apply to OSDE for a standard certificate.

·         Successful completion of Oklahoma’s teacher certification exams: (1) Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET), (2) Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination (OPTE), and (3) Oklahoma Subject Area Test for Mild/Moderate Disabilities (OSAT).

 

Required Courses for Masters with Non-Traditional Certification and
OU’s Boot Camp

To obtain the Masters Degree in Special Education with non-traditional certification, students will need to complete the courses required for non-traditional certification plus three courses required for their Masters Degree. Students who successfully completed the OSDE or a district delivered boot camp will not need to take EDSP 5413.

• Required courses for the non-traditional route to certification

~ Required additional courses to complete Masters Degree in Special Education

• OU Boot Camp Sequence of Courses – 9 hours (offered each semester and summer)

• EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities

• EDSP 5970-996: Fundamental Academic Instructional Strategies

• EDSP 5970-995: Classroom Management in Special Education

• EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies (offered spring semester)

• EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum (offered spring semester)

• EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School (offered fall semester)

EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination (offered fall semester)

 • Or

EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD (offered fall semester)

• EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications (offered spring semester)

• EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment (offered spring semester)

~ EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research (offered spring semesters)

~ EIPT 5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education (offered fall semester)

~ EDSP 5983: Directed Project in Special Education (offered fall and spring semesters)

 

Required Courses for Only Non-Traditional Certification
Students pursuing the non-traditional certification track must successfully complete an approved “boot camp” program offered by a university in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Education, or a local district. Although the boot camps offered by the Oklahoma State Department of Education or local school districts meet non-traditional certification requirements to obtain year one provisional certification, these boot camps are presented using an “in-service” program format and do not provide graduate academic credit accepted by Oklahoma institutions of higher education.

 

OSDE or Local District Boot Camp Participants

In recognition of students who successfully completed the Oklahoma State Department of Education “in-service” non-college credit boot camp the EDSP 5413 Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities pre-requisite course will be waived. Students who successfully completed the OSDE boot camp (or local school district boot camp in-service) must take the following six non-traditional route to certification courses:

1.      EDSP 5970-996: Fundamental Academic Instructional Strategies

2.      EDSP 5970-995: Classroom Management in Special Education

3.      EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies

4.      EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum

5.      EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School

6a.      EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination (offered fall semester)

    Or

6b.       EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD (offered fall semester)

 

OU (Or Other Oklahoma University) Boot Camp Participants

Students that successfully complete the OU Boot Camp class sequence need to complete six additional courses to obtain teaching certificate. Students who completed the boot camp at another Oklahoma University need to meet with their advisor to determine course sequence.

• OU Boot Camp Sequence of Courses – 9 hours (offered each semester and summer)

• EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities

• EDSP 5970-996: Fundamental Academic Instructional Strategies

• EDSP 5970-995: Classroom Management in Special Education

1.      EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies

2.      EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum

3.      EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School

4a.     EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination (offered fall semester)

   Or

4b.    EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD (offered fall semester)

5.      • EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications (offered spring semester)

6.      • EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment (offered spring semester)

 

Admission to Candidacy
By the first Monday in October (Spring Directed Project presentation) or first Monday in April (Fall Directed Project presentation), students need to complete the Admission to Candidacy form. Click on the OU Graduate College link to determine the specific date this form is due. Students submit the completed form to the Graduate Program Officer in the Dept. of Educational Psychology Office and keep a copy for themselves.

 

 

Spring or Summer Boot Camps (9 graduate credit hours)

·         EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities

·         EDSP 4013: Academic Instructional Strategies

·         EDSP 4043: Classroom Management in Special Education

Upon completion of a Boot Camp, students have three years to complete their certification.

 

Year One Coursework (6 hours)

Fall Year 1 (3 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School

Spring Year 1 (3 credit hours)

·         EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies

       

Year Two Coursework (6 hours)

Fall Year 2 (3 credit hours)

One of the following courses:

EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination

      Or

EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD

 

Spring Year 2 (3 credit hours)

·         
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment

 

Year Three Coursework (12 hours)

Fall Year 3 (0) credit hours)

·         No certification classes. Considering taking a required Masters class

 

Spring Year 3 (6 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum

·         EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications

Consider taking three more courses the next year to obtain your Masters Degree

Fall Boot Camp (9 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities

·         EDSP 4013: Academic Instructional Strategies

·         EDSP 4043: Classroom Management in Special Education

 

Year One Coursework (6 hours)

Spring Year 1 (3 credit hours)

·         EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies

Fall Year 1 (3 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School

 

Year Two Coursework (6 hours)

Spring Year 2 (3 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment


Fall Year 2 (3 credit hours)

One of the following courses:

EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination 


·         Or

EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD

 

Year Three Coursework (6 hours)

Spring Year 3 (6 credit hours)

·         EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum

·         
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications

  Consider taking three more courses the next year to obtain your Masters Degree

 

 

 

Master and Non-Traditional SPED Certification Advising Sheet

After Boot Camp, Six Specified Courses Needed for Non-Traditional Certification

 

Student Name:                                                                                                 Date:

Course – Each course is 3 graduate credit hours

OU Boot Camp

Non-Credit BC

Fall

Spring

Summer

• OU Boot Camp Courses

• EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities

• EDSP 5970-996: Fundamental Academic Instructional Strategies

• EDSP 5970-995: Classroom Management in Special Education

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Waived

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1

• EDSP 4053: Language, Literacy, and Communication Strategies

Yes

Yes

 

Year 1 2 3

 

• EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in Functional Curriculum

Yes

Yes

 

Year 1 2 3

 

• EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School

Yes

Yes

Year 1 2 3

 

 

EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination

 • Or

EDSP 5403: Families and Young Children with DD

 

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

Year 1 2 3

 

 

• EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications

Yes

Need for M.Ed.

 

Year 1 2 3

 

• EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment

Yes

Need for M.Ed.

 

Year 1 2 3

 

~ EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research

Need for M.Ed.

 

Year 1 2 3

 

~ EIPT 5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education

Need for M.Ed.

Offered

 

Occasionally

~ EDSP 5983: Directed Project in Special Education

Need for M.Ed.

Offered

Offered

 

Total Hours for Non-Traditional Certification

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

 

 

Anticipated Graduation Date

 

 

• Required for non-traditional certification      ~ Required for Master’s Degree in Special Education

 

Advisor’s Signature                                                                   Date