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Special Education, M.Ed.

Distance Delivery

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education program prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska's diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska's remote and rural communities.

The M.Ed. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraeducators and other school-based professionals who currently have an initial teaching certificate.  Courses are offered in the afternoons, evenings, and in the summer. All courses are delivered via audio conference and augmented with online resources. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska's remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies.

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Special Education, M.Ed.

The M.Ed. program in Special Education prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote and rural communities.

The M.Ed. program in Special Education is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school-based professionals. Courses are, therefore, offered in the afternoons and evenings and in the summer and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable application fee
  2. An official academic transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Copy of current teaching certificate or admission to SOE teaching program
  4. Two letters of recommendation on SOE form
  5. Writing sample (1-2 page typed essay, double spaced). Describe your professional goals and explain why you want to be a special education teacher and/or work with individuals with disabilities. Describe your commitment to diversity in school and classroom settings.

Additional information and links to forms on the School of Education website.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours33
Foundation3
Program Requirements30
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3

Program Requirements

EDSES605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
EDSES698Master’s Research Project3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Educational Psychology3
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. An approved Master’s Research Project

Application Procedures

Master of Education - Special Education

Please return all items to the Admission office as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Jill Burkert (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions

Send to:

Attn: Deema
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002
deema.ferguson@uas.alaska.edu

For questions about application materials, contact the Student Services Assistant:

  • Graduate application for admission and $60 application fee;
  • Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted.
  • Two letters of recommendation with SOE forms;
  • Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions;
  • Copy of current teaching or administrative certificate.

Checklist

  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual's program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.

Checklist

  1. GPA of 3.0 from transcript(s). (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework is recommended by advisor.

Notes

  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not be counted as passing.
 
 

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All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


 

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