Master of Arts in Education Degree in Collaborative Special Education

Master of Arts in Education Degree

The Master of Arts in Education degree is awarded in the following major fields: school counseling, instructional leadership, elementary education K-6, P-12 education, secondary education, and special education: collaborative teacher K-6 and/or 6-12. Programs range from 33-48 semester hours. See specific program requirements below.

Special Education: Collaborative Teacher K-6 and/or 6-12 (ALSDE/NCATE Approved) Special Education

  1. Prerequisite: valid Class B professional educator certificate in any field or level.
  2. Graduate students pursuing a MAED in Special Education, leading to recommendation of a Class A Alabama Professional Educator Certificate, must select one of the following paths:
    Initial Path
    The Initial Path is for candidates who hold a Class B Alabama Professional Educator Certificate in any teaching field and want to be recommended for a Class A K-6 and/or 6-12 Collaborative Special Education certificate. This path requires a practicum, which may be completed through online coferencing, recording classroom instruction and/or supervisor observations on location.
    Required Coursework for K-6:
    EEX 640High-Incidence Exceptional Learning Needs3
    EEX 642Low-Incidence Exceptional Learning Needs3
    EEX 635Behavior Analysis3
    EEX 650Special Education Law3
    EEX 678Practicum in Area of Specialty3
    Total Hours 15
    Required Coursework for 6-12:
    EEX 640High-Incidence Exceptional Learning Needs3
    EEX 642Low-Incidence Exceptional Learning Needs3
    EEX 635Behavior Analysis3
    EEX 650Special Education Law3
    EEX 653Transitions in Special Education3
    EEX 678Practicum in Area of Specialty3
    Total Hours18
    Advanced Path
    The Advanced Path is designed for candidates who hold a Class B Alabama Professional Educator Certificate in Collaborative Special Education and want to be recommended for a Class A k-6 and/or 6-12 Collaborative Special Education certificate. Candidates in the Advanced Path are able to further their professional knowledge with specialized coursework on current topics in special education.
    Required Coursework for K-6:
    EEX 621Dyslexia/Rel Lrng Disabilities3
    EEX 622Autism and Developmental Disabilities3
    EEX 623Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3
    EEX 630Collaborative Partnerships3
    One advisor-approved elective3
    Total Hours15
    Required Coursework for 6-12:
    EEX 621Dyslexia/Rel Lrng Disabilities3
    EEX 622Autism and Developmental Disabilities3
    EEX 623Emotional and Behavioral Disorders3
    EEX 630Collaborative Partnerships3
    EEX 653Transitions in Special Education3
    Total Hours18
  3. Both pathways require core coursework in research, assessment, technology and current issues.
    Required Core Coursework for K-6 and/or 6-12:
    EED 601Methods of Action Research for Educators3
    EED 602Applied Action Research for Educators3
    EEX 620Special Education Assessment3
    EEX 606Trends in Special Education3
    EDT 602Current and Emerging Instructional Technologies3
    Total Hours 15
    EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities 13

All Collaborative Special Education candidates must have a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II assessments. See Certification Officer for Requirements.