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For assistantship information, visit the Graduate School Web site.
The master's degree program prepares special educators to assume advanced roles through a curriculum which includes a core of advanced coursework, as well as specialized electives and individual plans of study that allow opportunities for advanced certification. Students already holding special education certification can elect to pursue a Learning Behavior Specialist II certification in curriculum, behavior intervention, and transition. The capstone experience for this degree includes a research option or an option to seek the National Board Professional Teaching Certification in the area of Exceptional Needs, allowing students to procure a Master Teacher Certificate in Illinois. Current general educators seeking to concentrate professional development in special education in order to effectively teach students with diverse learning needs are also well served by this degree.
The master's program curriculum contains the opportunity for candidates to design concentration areas through advisement. Most importantly, the curriculum reflects current research findings and best practices in the field of special education and will meet the needs identified by our constituency in the schools. This program is designed to provide a thorough and efficient means for graduate students to pursue advanced study in the field of special education.
Admission to the graduate Master's & Certficate program is competitive. Get admission information.
The Department of Special Education has a graduate faculty of 20 who specialize in inclusive education, curriculum and instructional strategies, assistive technology, behavior change, transition, advanced assessment and instruction, and other research areas. Faculty areas of expertise by disability include Learning and Behavior Disorders, Severe and Multiple Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Visual Impairment.
Students are encouraged to become involved in student and professional organizations.