Course Titles And Descriptions
48 Graduate Semester Hours for M. Ed. in SPED
36 Graduate Semester Hours for Certification

M.Ed. in Special Education requires the following core courses (12 hours):

EDUC 6301 – Research in Education

Instruction in the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to understand and design research as applied to teacher education, with an emphasis on methodology, including statistical analysis and computer applications.

EDUC 6305 – Advanced Educational Technology and Media

Advanced study of the design, development and integration of educational technology and media for teaching, learning and personal productivity including principles of multi-media design and production and web-based formats.

EDUC 6395 - Demonstration Project in Eduction

3 hour Graduate Level Elective

The following courses are needed to complete the Masters degree or obtain certification (36 hours):

EDUC 6300 – American Schools

This course provides the teacher candidate with an overview of the profession.  Its primary purpose is to provide the student with information prerequisite for formulating and informed career decision and a professional commitment to teaching.  It also includes an analysis of the historical, philosophical, and sociological basis for programs, instruct strategies and teaching behavior in American Education.

EDUC 6302 – Advanced Studies in Human Development

An advanced study of  the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of children and adults utilizing current theories of development and research implications.

EDUC 6303 – Advanced Studies in Educational Psychology

The development and behavior of the school-aged child with attention to current research and theories of classroom learning and curriculum innovation.

SPED 5323 - Math Strategies for Special Learners

This course provides the special needs teacher with specific, research based teaching strategies, assessment tools, classroom management techniques, and technology applications to support exceptional learners in math.  An emphasis will be placed on math processing skills such as reasoning, representation, communicating, and problem solving as well as current successful instructional models and approaches such as differentiated instruction, standards based instruction, and consultation.

SPED 6320 - Students with Special Learning Problems

This course surveys the theories, legal foundations, etiologies, characteristics, learning styles and learning problems of children and youth with exceptionalities, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, mental impairments communication disorders, and hearing and vision loss.  State and federal definitions, policies and guidelines for students with the above listed exceptionalities will be examined.

SPED 6321 - Students with Special Behavior Problems

This course surveys the theories, legal foundations, etiologies, characteristics, and special behavior problems of children and youth with exceptionalities, emphasizing those with behavior disorders, ADD, ADHD, Autism, TBI, and Health Disabilities.  State and federal definitions, policies, and guidelines for students experiencing the above listed exceptionalities will be examined.

SPED 6322 - Evaluation in Special Education

Analysis and evaluation of types of formal and informal tests and measurement devices will be conducted.  Methods of determining the reliability and validity of tests are investigated.  Designs for testing programs and selection of appropriate tests will be included.  Evaluation systems of individuals, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments, and programs will be discussed.  Prerequisites:  SPED 6320 and SPED 6321

SPED 6323 – Behavioral Support for Special Students

This course presents basic principles and practices in the use of research-based applied behavior analysis and other strategies with both normal and exceptional learners, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments.  Students will be required to demonstrate competence in using a variety of techniques in field settings.  Prerequisite:  SPED 6321

SPED 6324 - Instructional Techniques in Special Education

This course focuses on the development and implementation of research-based comprehensive instructional programs for atypical learners with an emphasis on inclusion strategies.  Procedures for consulting with other professionals to maintain or integrate these students will be emphasized through the course.  Research literature on instructional procedures, consultation strategies and model programs will be examined and implications for practice discussed.  The course will cover the delivery of appropriate educational programs for atypical children, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments, at the elementary and secondary levels.  Prerequisite:  SPED 5324* & 6320 or permission of instructor.

READ 6310 - Teaching Reading to Special and At-Risk Learners

A study of the cause of reading difficulties and procedures used to support students with reading difficulties, emphasizing those with learning disabilities, behavior disorders and mental impairments.  Approaches reading difficulty from a holistic view.  Attention is given to assessment strategies and remedial procedures for correction.

READ 6315 - Teaching Content in Reading Literacy

The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity for professional interaction focusing on reading and writing across the curriculum.  Students will investigate research literature, analyze forms of assessment, integrate writing with content subjects, consider instructional strategies and develop individual and group projects. Reading skill areas of vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills, commonly associated with content area reading will also be addressed.  Technology, Multicultural and Global awareness are prominent concerns in making informed decisions in the reading and writing process and will be integrated throughout the semester. The importance of reading and writing literacy in the content areas will be emphasized as well as the integration of literacy into a variety of instructional areas.  A variety of literacy strategies and skills will be represented and examined.  Approaches for developing and applying these strategies in various subject matter areas are to be expected.

SPED 6390 - Special Education Practicum

This course makes provisions for students to participate in all activities and duties generally expected of a special education teacher. Specific supervision by the faculty member teaching the course will be provided.  Seminars to evaluate performance in methods, procedures and overall performance will coincide with the experience.  This course is designed for students with at least one year of teaching experience.  Prerequisites:  SPED 6320-6324 & READ 6310 or special permission.

Subject Matter Competence:

As per West Virginia State Department of Education requirements, candidates are required to meet a restricted subject matter competence in English or Science, Social Studies or Math.  See advisor for further clarification.

Contact Info

Dr. Carolyn Crislip-Tacy
Interim Dean, M.Ed. and M.A.T. Director
School of Education
Room 352 Education Building
Phone: 304.367.4241
Fax: 304.367.4599
Carolyn.Crislip-Tacy@FairmontState.edu