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MEd Degree Requirements

The degree consists of 33 graduate semester hours (34 semester hours for Gifted Education), focused on a common set of 15 credit hours, and followed by an area of emphasis of the student’s choice. The areas of emphasis are:

  • Adult and Higher Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Elementary Education
  • Environment Based Learning
  • Gifted Education (with add-on licensure option)
  • Leadership
  • Special Education ( with add-on licensure option)

Requirements for the MEd Degree

33 semester hours (All courses 3 s.h. unless noted.)
IN 627 Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Integrated Research Module
And completion of one of the following areas of emphasis:

Adult and Higher Education Emphasis

IN 627 Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project
IN 628 Public Policy and Community Relations in Education
ED 651 Structure, Power, and Freedom: Perspectives on U.S. Higher Education
ED 652 Adult Development: Emerging Adulthood and Beyond
ED 653 The History of Adult Education
ED 654 Special Topics in Adult & Higher Education
ED 655 Internship in Adult & Higher Education

Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis

IN 627 Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods in Professional Inquiry
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project
PSYC 513 Basic Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
ED 592 Behavior Analysis: Measurement and Assessment
ED 593 Ethics and Special Considerations in Behavior Analysis
ED 594 Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change and Change Procedures
Two graduate level elective courses totaling 6 s.h. Students pursuing the BCBA must take ED 595 and ED 596

Autism Spectrum Disorders Emphasis

IN 627 Contemporary Learning Theory for Diverse Learners
IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project
ED 640 Characteristics & Assessment of Students with ASD
ED 641 Communication, Language, and Sensory aspects of ASD
ED 642 Social Skills Instruction and Behavioral Strategies for Students with ASD
ED 643 Practicum Experience in ASD (includes 70 hours of fieldwork)
Two graduate level elective courses totaling 6 s.h.

Elementary Education Emphasis

IN 629 Leadership in Education
IN 630 Methods of Professional Inquiry
ED 608 Field Experience in Elementary Education
ED 605 An Integrated Approach to Language Arts
ED 606 An Inquiry Approach to Reading and Writing in the content area
ED 625 Classroom and Behavioral Management: Theory and Practice
ED 607 Instructional Strategies
ED 631 Technologies to Advance Learning
ED 632 Inquiry Research Project
One additional 3 s.h. graduate course approved by the advisor.

Environment-Based Learning Emphasis         

IN 626 Environment-Based Learning
IN 634 The Intersection of Life and Land: Issue-driven Investigations
ED 620 The Outdoor Classroom: EBL Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
Two additional Environment-Based Learning courses
One additional 3 s.h. graduate course approved by the advisor.

Gifted Education Emphasis

ED 603 Thoughtful Assessment
ED 615 Gifted Education Field Experience     (1 s.h.)
ED 622 An Integrated Approach to Exceptionality
ED 623 Advanced Studies of Gifted Learners
ED 624 An Inquiry Approach to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
Two additional 3 s.h. graduate courses approved by the advisor.

Leadership Emphasis

IN 628 Public Policy and Community Relations in Education
IN 631 Curriculum Development and Design
IN 632 Education Law
IN 633 Assessment and Planning for Instructional Improvement
Two additional graduate courses approved by the advisor.
(A few courses may require the director’s approval.)

Special Education Emphasis             

IN 620 Inquiry in the Legal and Political Processes of Exceptionality
ED 608 Field Experience in Special Education
ED 622 An Integrated Approach to Exceptionality
ED 624 An Integrated Approach to Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
ED 625 Classroom and Behavioral Management: Theory and Practice
ED 627 Collaboration and Transition for Exceptional Students

NOTE: Students seeking an add-on endorsement in special education are required to complete the Professional Development Institute that addresses Special Education Assessment.