The Graduate Special Education program prepares students to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. The program offers a 36-hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a major in Special Education. Students choose one of four concentrations: 1) Learning Disabilities/Inclusion; 2) Behavior Disorders/Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports; 3) Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis; and 4) Career Alternatives in Special Education (CASE) which offers initial teacher certification, as well as a Master's degree in Special Education.
Fall and spring classes meet face-to-face on the San Marcos campus one or two evenings a week; summer classes meet daily during the day. Graduates are prepared for positions such as classroom teachers, behavior specialists, learning disability specialists, and interventionists. Settings for these positions include public schools, hospitals, private clinics, and juvenile justice facilities, or continuing academic work at prestigious doctoral programs.
The mission of the special education program is to prepare educators and specialists who apply current, evidence-based practices in special education for the purpose of preparing individuals with disabilities to live independent, responsible and personally satisfying lives in a diverse, global society. Graduates engage in practitioner inquiry and research, serve as leaders in special education policy and classroom practice, and apply their knowledge and skills to positively influence the inclusion of, and support for, persons with disabilities who are entitled to the highest quality of professional practices that special education can offer.