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Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Secondary Transition Education

Overview
The master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Secondary Transition Education prepares students to become transition coordinators or to implement transition education concepts and strategies into Special Education teaching roles. Most students work full time and take courses each semester in the late afternoon and evening during the week. A limited number of courses are offered during the summer semester.

The basic program is designed for individuals with prior certification in Special Education or experience in a closely related field such as certification in elementary or secondary education; licensure in physical or occupational therapy; degree in psychology or social work.The basic program is designed for individuals with prior certification in Special Education or experience in a closely related field such as certification in elementary or secondary education; licensure in physical or occupational therapy; degree in psychology or social work.

Coursework
Students complete the core set of Special Education Master’s degree coursework, along with a set of transition education and social work courses. The Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Secondary Transition Education is a 33-credit-hour program. Eighteen of these credit hours are required core Special Education courses.

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.

Required Prerequisite Course
Students pursuing a M.Ed. who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities (offered each semester).

Required Core Courses (18 hours)
EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

(Choose one of the following)
EIPT  5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
OR
EDSP 6023: Single Case Research Design

    If writing a Thesis:
    EDSP 5980: Thesis Research (consult advisor)

Required Transition Courses Sequence
EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination
EDSP 5193: Postsecondary Education and Employment
EDSP 5293: Transition-Based Assessment
EDSP 5393: Transition Practicum
SWK-5293-Direct Practice with Diverse Students, Disabilities, Families
*EDSP 5393 is not required for the Secondary Transition Education certificate but is recommended for students with this emphasis. It may be replaced with an elective with prior advisor approval.