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 Graduate College

Special Education (MAE)

Department of Special Education

www.uni.edu/coe/departments/special-education/graduate
150 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr. Frank Kohler, Interim Head
Phone: (319) 273-7484
E-mail: Frank.Kohler@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Susan Etscheidt
Phone: (319) 273-3279
E-mail: Susan.Etscheidt@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

This major is designed to prepare special education professionals for leadership positions and for advanced professional studies. To be eligible for the Special Education Consultant endorsement the student must have four years of successful teaching experience, two of which must be congruent with the desired Special Education Consultant endorsement. Students desiring to be endorsed as Work Experience Coordinators must hold a Special Education Teaching 5-12 endorsement.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Special Education for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options, and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. A minimum of 18 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for both thesis and non-thesis options.

Students on the thesis option must complete 6 hours of 220:299 Research and present a defense of the thesis. Students on the non-thesis option must submit an acceptable graduate research paper and successfully complete a final written comprehensive examination.

Required professional core

Educational Psychology:

EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)

Foundations of Instructional Psychology

3

or SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)

Philosophy of Education

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research

3

Required special education

Special Education:

SPED 6289 (220:289)

Seminar

3

Emphasis in special education (choose one from below)

21

Total Hours

30

Field Specialization Emphasis

Required

Special Education:

SPED 6256 (220:256)

Best Practices in Inclusion

3

or SPED 6260 (220:260)

Special Education Law and Policy

SPED 6293 (220:293)

Qualitative Research in Special Education

3

SPED 6295 (220:295)

Single-subject Research Applications

3

Approved electives *

12

Total Hours

21

*

6 hrs of SPED 6299 (220:299) Research required on thesis option.

Special Education Consultant Emphasis

Required

Elementary, Early Childhood, and Middle Level Education:

ELEMECML 6221 (210:221)

Analysis and Design of Curriculum for Young Children

3

or ELEMECML 6270 (210:270)

Recent Developments in Middle Level Curriculum

Special Education:

SPED 6240 (220:240)

Collaborative Consultation I: The Relationship

3

SPED 6245 (220:245)

Collaborative Consultation II: The Process

3

SPED 6290 (220:290)

Practicum

5-6

Approved electives *

6-7

Total hours

21

*

6 hrs of SPED 6299 (220:299) Research required on thesis option.

Career/Vocational Programming and Transition Emphasis

Required

Special Education:

SPED 6254 (220:254)

Vocational and Transition Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities

3

SPED 6290 (220:290)

Practicum

3

SPED 6293 (220:293)

Qualitative Research in Special Education

3

SPED 6295 (220:295)

Single-subject Research Applications

3

Approved electives *

9

Total Hours

21

*

6 hrs of SPED 6299 Research required on thesis option.

Teacher of Students With Visual Impairments

This major will lead to an M.A.E. degree for teaching students with visual impairments from birth to 21. Students must complete the requirements for Early Childhood, Elementary, or Secondary Education major at the B.A. level to be enrolled in this major.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Special Education for other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 44 hours is required for the thesis option; a minimum of 41 hours is required for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required on the thesis option. A minimum of 12 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required on the non-thesis option.

Successful completion of a thesis and a comprehensive examination are required for the thesis option. Successful completion of a research paper and a comprehensive examination  are required for the non-thesis option.

Note that students should take an additional nine hours of student teaching to qualify for the Teacher of Students With Visual Impairments State Endorsement.

Required professional core

Educational Psychology:

EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)

Foundations of Instructional Psychology

3

or SOCFOUND 6234 (260:234)

Philosophy of Education

Measurement and Research:

MEASRES 6205 (250:205)

Educational Research

3

Required special education core

Special Education:

SPED 6293 (220:293)

Qualitative Research in Special Education

3

SPED 6295 (220:295)

Single-subject Research Applications

3

TVI emphasis requirement

Special Education:

SPED 4125/5125 (220:125g)

Current Issues in Visual Impairments

2

SPED 4126/5126 (220:126g)

Braille Learning and Tactile Communication I

3

SPED 4132/5132 (220:132g)

Introduction to Visual Impairments

3

SPED 4134/5134 (220:134g)

Foundations of Orientation and Mobility

3

SPED 4136/5136 (220:136g)

Methods of Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

3

SPED 4138/5138 (220:138g)

Anatomy of the Eye and Educational Implications of Low Vision

3

SPED 4153/5153 (220:153g)

Introduction to Assistive Technology for Instruction

3

SPED 4192/5192 (220:192g)

Experience in Special Education (2 required for a total of 6 hrs)

6

Research

3-6

SPED 6299 (220:299)

Research

Thesis (6 hrs.)

Non-thesis (3 hrs.)

Total hours thesis option

44

Total hours non-thesis option

41