Master of Arts in Education Degree in Collaborative Special Education

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Master of Arts in Education Degree

The Master of Arts in Education degree is awarded in the following major fields: school counseling, instructional leadership, early childhood education PK-3, elementary education K-6, P-12 education, secondary education, and special education: collaborative teacher K-6 and/or 6-12. Programs range from 33-51 semester hours. See 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 Hours15
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
EED 605Instructional Technology3
EEX 620Special Education Assessment3
EEX 606Trends in Special Education3
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.