Special Education (Non-Licensure)(Grades K–12)

If you’re an experienced special educator with the desire to enhance your skills, this MSEd specialization offers a path to continuing professional achievement. Gain leadership skills to support and sustain effective practices for students with exceptionalities.

Coursework in this program synthesizes the most current research in the arenas of neuroscience, assessment, and scientifically based interventions. Real-world case studies and virtual scenarios encourage collaborative problem-solving using research-based strategies. You’ll focus on learning practical strategies that include:

  • Investigating current laws and regulations to effectively advocate for students with exceptionalities.
  • Assembling and evaluating data about individuals with exceptionalities in order to make effective decisions related to education programs.
  • Employing assistive technology to promote higher levels of student engagement and learning.
  • Establishing and fostering a culturally responsive classroom that supports learning at all levels.
  • Producing a practical toolkit to use throughout your teaching career.

This specialization is offered in both the traditional program and accelerated option.

Additional Learning Outcomes for this Specialization

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Advocate for legal and ethical policy that supports high quality education for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  2. Provide leadership through effective communication and use of technology to promote practices and procedures that support and respect all individuals and result in positive, productive work environments.
  3. Use educational research to increase expertise, improve instructional and intervention techniques and materials, and foster an environment that supports instructional improvement.
  4. Plan, present, and evaluate professional development for self and others that focuses on supporting student access to learning through effective teaching strategies, curriculum standards, and assistive technology.
  5. Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to improve instructional programs at the school and systems levels and develop procedures to improve management systems.
  6. Create supportive environments that safeguard the legal rights of students and their families.
  7. Understand the significance of the role of collaboration and promote understanding, resolve conflicts, and build consensus among both internal and external stakeholders.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credit hours
    • Specialization courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Teaching fields and content courses (18 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6640 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6780 Course Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6781 Course Special Education: Honoring Due Process Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6727 Course Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6783 Course Creating Effective Behavior Interventions Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6784 Course Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6785 Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Courses - Accelerated Program

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6610 Course Teacher as Professional Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6602 Course Designing Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6780 Course Exploring Leadership, Collaboration, and Consultation Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6791 Course Special Education: Honoring Due Process (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6737 Course Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6782 Course Supporting Effective Evaluation and Assessment Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6793 Course Creating Effective Behavioral Interventions (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6784 Course Adapting Instruction Using Evidence-Based Strategies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6795 Course Implementing Literacy-Based Instructional Interventions (Accelerating) Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6733 Course Action Research for Educators Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Walden University's MS in Education program with a specialization in Special Education (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in special education. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program, will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure as a special education teacher.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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