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Special Education M.Ed.

The University of Oklahoma Master of Education within the Special Education program consists of coursework, field experiences and independent study. These blend theory, research and applied practice that enhances graduate students’ special education knowledge and skills. Those who successfully complete their program of study assume a variety of professional roles including special education teachers, transition specialists, behavior analysts, special education administrators, hospital and other facility educators and state agency officers.

   

   

Coursework
To obtain the basic Master of Education in Special Education degree, students complete a minimum of 33 degree-applicable non-thesis credit hours. Students complete 15 hours of required and 18 hours of elective courses; these electives may also fulfill an add-on certificate (emphasis area). The OU Graduate College Checklist for this degree option can be downloaded at this website: ou.edu/checksheets/graduate/grad-education

Courses in the Master Special Education Program are delivered via a blended or 100% distance learning format. Students within traveling distance of the Norman campus can elect to complete coursework attending face-to-face class meetings; or they can attend 100% of the classes virtually, via distance learning technologies (subject to additional course fees).

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings
  • EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations & Modifications
  • EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
  • EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
  • EDSP 5013-Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

(Choose one of the following)
EIPT 5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
or
EDSP 6023  Single Case Research Design (offered spring semesters)

Elective Courses (18 hours) (Minimum of 9 hours graduate courses within the Special Education program area)

The OU Special Education program offers the following degree emphasis areas:

  • Fundamentals of Special Education
  • Secondary Transition
  • Applied Behavior Analysis

Students pursuing a M.Ed. who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities.

To be considered for admission, students must meet minimum requirements set by the Graduate College.  Graduate students need to have

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • A 3.0 minimum undergraduate grade point average. Students may be conditionally admitted with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99. If GPA is below 3.0, applicants need to discuss in the application personal statement (essay) reasons for their low GPA and explain why these issues will no longer be a concern.

Due Dates
To be considered for admission into the OU Masters of Special Education Degree Programs applications are due on or before the following dates.

SemesterDomestic Students
International Students
Fall SemesterRolling Admissions*Feb. 1
Spring SemesterRolling Admissions*
Sept. 1
Summer SemesterRolling Admissions*Feb. 1

*Rolling admission applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the intended semester of enrollment.

Required Application Materials
Applicants will need to provide official transcripts, pay an application fee, and submit the following required information during the on-line application process.

  • Personal statement
  • Contact information for three recommendations
  • Original transcripts
  • Resume

Application Information
For additional information or assistance in applying applicants may call the College of Education Graduate Programs Support Office at 405-325-4525 or send an email to jrcoe_gps@ou.edu.

Special Education Faculty Advisors
Applicants’ acceptance letters include their faculty advisor’s name and contact information. Newly admitted students need to contact their advisors to develop a plan of study.

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Overview
The Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in the Fundamental of Special Education prepares students to become Special Education teachers. Most students work full time and take courses each semester in the late afternoon and evening during the week. A limited number of courses are offered during the summer semester.

The basic program is designed for individuals with limited prior experience in Special Education or who have attended the OSDE Bootcamp program.

Coursework
Students complete the core set of Special Education Master’s degree coursework, along with a set of fundamentals courses. The Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Fundamentals is a 33-credit-hour program.

All courses within this program are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

Required Core Courses for M.Ed. (18 hours)

  • EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School
  • EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications
  • EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
  • EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
  • EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

(Choose one of the following)
EIPT  5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
OR
EDSP 6023: Single Case Research Design

If writing a Thesis:
EDSP 5980: Thesis Research (consult advisor)

Required Course for the Fundamentals certificate
EDSP 5413: Education of Exceptional Children

Recommended Fundamentals Electives
EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination
EDSP 5063: Issues & Strategies in a Functional Curriculum
Two Guided Electives chosen with an advisor

Overview
The master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Secondary Transition Education prepares students to become transition coordinators or to implement transition education concepts and strategies into Special Education teaching roles. Most students work full time and take courses each semester in the late afternoon and evening during the week. A limited number of courses are offered during the summer semester.

The basic program is designed for individuals with prior certification in Special Education or experience in a closely related field such as certification in elementary or secondary education; licensure in physical or occupational therapy; degree in psychology or social work.The basic program is designed for individuals with prior certification in Special Education or experience in a closely related field such as certification in elementary or secondary education; licensure in physical or occupational therapy; degree in psychology or social work.

Coursework
Students complete the core set of Special Education Master’s degree coursework, along with a set of transition education and social work courses. The Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Secondary Transition Education is a 33-credit-hour program. Eighteen of these credit hours are required core Special Education courses.

All courses within this program are delivered either via a blended format (with the option to meet face-to-face or via a video conferencing platform) or a 100% distance-learning format.

Required Prerequisite Course
Students pursuing a M.Ed. who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities (offered each semester).

Required Core Courses (18 hours)

  • EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School
  • EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications
  • EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
  • EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
  • EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

(Choose one of the following)
EIPT  5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
OR
EDSP 6023: Single Case Research Design

If writing a Thesis:
EDSP 5980: Thesis Research (consult advisor)

Required Transition Courses Sequence
EDSP 5093: Transition and Self-Determination
EDSP 5193: Postsecondary Education and Employment
EDSP 5293: Transition-Based Assessment
EDSP 5393: Transition Practicum*
SWK-5293-Direct Practice with Diverse Students, Disabilities, Families

*EDSP 5393 is not required for the Secondary Transition Education certificate but is recommended for students with this emphasis. It may be replaced with an elective with prior advisor approval.

Applied Behavior Analysis is widely accepted as an effective intervention to improve the skills of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board and Association for Behavior Analysis International have designated the courses within the special education program at the University of Oklahoma as a verified course sequence. This course sequence prepares students for their fieldwork experiences and to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination. Future students who wish to complete the academic requirements in preparation for supervised fieldwork and the BCBA Examination may apply to this master’s degree emphasis area.

The following link provides the BCBA Pass Rates for students by university:

bacb.com/university-pass-rates/?utm_source=NewsPost&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=UniversityPassRates_2018

Note: Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

Coursework
Special Education candidates complete a minimum of 33 degree-applicable hours in core special education and ABA courses. All courses within this program are delivered via a 100% synchronous distance-learning format.

Required Prerequisite Course
Students pursuing a M.Ed. who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities (offered each semester). Please note this course does not count toward the degree.

New Required Core Courses (18 hours) *Fall 2019
**EDSP 5603- Philosophical Assumptions of Behavior Analysis (replaces EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School)
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs
**EDSP 6023: Single Case Research Design
**=Required for the ABA certificate

If writing a Thesis:
EDSP 5980: Thesis Research (consult advisor)

New Required ABA Courses

EDSP 5613- Principles and Concepts in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5623- Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 5633- Personnel Supervision and Management in Applied Behavioral Analysis
EDSP 5643- Behavior Change in Applied Behavioral Analysis
EDSP 5653- Behavior Assessment in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Previous Required Core Courses (18 hours) *Fall 2019
**EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations and Modifications
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
**EDSP 5013: Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs
**EDSP 6023: Single Case Research Design
**=Required for the ABA certificate

If writing a Thesis:
EDSP 5980: Thesis Research (consult advisor)

Previous Required ABA Coursework
EDSP 5243: Applied Behavior Analysis II
EDSP 5343: Applied Behavior Analysis III
EDSP 5443: Ethical & Professional Conduct of Behavior Analysts

2 other electives (6 hours) approved by your advisor

Important Notice: OU does not issue BCBA certification. Although the ABA coursework has been vetted and approved by the BACB/ABAi, students must independently submit their credentials to the BACB and pass the BCBA exam.

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