Special Education

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Welcome to the Special Education web-page. The Master’s program in Special Education is designed to meet the performance standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the National Board for Professional Teaching (NBPTS). The performance-based program contains two tracks designed in accordance with the Arkansas Instructional Specialist Licensure requirements: Collaborative Instructional Specialist Ages 0-8 and Collaborative Instructional Specialist Grades 4-12. Both programs are nationally recognized.

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Special Education Faculty

Dr. Kathleen Atkins, Department Chair    501.450.5441
Dr. Janet Filer, Program Coordinator                 501.450.5462
Dr. Kohler-Evans, Graduate Advisor                501.450.5444
Dr. Mary Pearson                                              501.450.5452
Mr. Dan Barrington                                            501.450.5476

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Note: The current program is under revision to meet the new Arkansas K-12 Special Education licensure requirements. Anticipation implementation date of the new program is Fall 2015.

 

General Program Information

The special education graduate program leading to a M.S.E. is located in the Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education (formerly Department of Early Childhood and Special Education). Its main purpose is to prepare collaborative special education teachers skilled in providing quality instruction to students representing a broad scope of abilities. (Graduate Bulletin)

The program offers a broad range of opportunities for candidates to learn about special education litigation and legislation, medical conditions, assessment, behavior guidance, instructional strategies, and best practices in serving persons with disabilities and their families.

INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The Master’s program is a 36-graduate credit hour program organized around 18 hours of core coursework and 18 hours of coursework specific to each track, P-4 or Grades 4-12, including a Practicum component. Students can fulfill the Arkansas Department of Teacher Licensure requirements for special education licensure through this program. The Special Education M.S.E. may be completed in two years. With the exception of Laboratory Practices, all classes in Special Education are offered online as asynchronous (anytime access). Classes use a variety of online programs such as Collaborate and Blackboard. Occasionally a course may require a face-to-face or synchronous online meeting. Special Education Course Rotation is available here.

Admission into both the Ages 0-8 track and the Grades 4-12 track of the program will be selective and competitive. Potential students must submit a Graduate School application to the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must have an Arkansas valid standard educator license. For individuals who have an out-of-state educator license, contact the department at 501-450-3172 for additional information.

With approval, a maximum of six hours may be transferred from another institution of higher education. These six hours must be approved by the department chair.

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

Students are required to meet the performances linked to the core courses prior to beginning one of the tracks. Courses in the program ensure the progressive building of a common core of candidate knowledge, skills, and dispositions as described in the Arkansas Instructional Specialist Principles and CEC standards. The program offers a context for NBPTS Exceptional Needs standards. Students interested in National Board Certification must meet with a designated faculty advisor prior to completing nine hours of graduate course work.

Students holding a teaching license in special education may request a transcript analysis by a graduate faculty advisor to determine possible substitutions or electives in the core courses portion of the program of study. Courses in the program ensure the progressive building of a common core of candidate knowledge, skills, and dispositions as described in the Arkansas Instructional Specialist Principles and CEC standards. The program offers a context for NBPTS Exceptional Needs standards. Candidates interested in National Board Certification must meet with a designated faculty advisor prior to completing nine hours of graduate course work.

Advising – Students are required to be advised every semester prior to registration for classes. As a general rule, it is recommended that students contact their advisor prior to advanced registration. For early registration information, monitor the Office of the Registrar webpage for information concerning advance registration. The Schedule of Classes is usually updated 2-3 weeks prior to advance registration.

Completion of 18 Hours - Students must complete the Petition of Candidacy prior to completing 18 hours of study. The Petition of Candidacy maps out your program of study and is used by the Graduate School and advisors to track students' progress.

In addition, students must complete Praxis II testing (submitting documentation of score), and complete a graduate portfolio prior to completing 18 hours.

Program of Study - The Special Education Program of Study may be used to assist the candidate in planning their course of study.

Additional Information - Programs in the College of Education that lead to licensure relating to P-12 schools require a passing score on the appropriate Praxis exam(s) and satisfactory completion of all key assessments identified by the program area. Candidates cannot complete their program unless these criteria have been met.

Special Education Deadline Dates

 Summer 2014
June 2 Special Education Program Orientation – 5:30-8:30. Mashburn Hall Room 101 (College of Education); New students MUST attend.
June 2 First Day of Summer I Classes
June 6 Graduation Forms & Application Deadline
July 7 Summer II Classes begin for Special Education
July 16 Portfolio due date
July 26 M.S.E. Comprehensive Exam
August 8 Graduation
 Fall 2014
August 18 Special Education Program Orientation – 6:00 -9:00 Mashburn Hall Room 101 (College of Education); New students MUST attend.
August 21 Classes begin
September 19 Graduation Forms & Application Deadline
October 16-17 Fall Break
October 27 Advance Registration for Spring 2014 begins (Oct 27-Nov 17)
November 15 M.S.E. Comprehensive Exam
November 18 Portfolio due date
November 26,27,28 Thanksgiving Break
December 13 Graduation
 Spring 2015
January 6 Special Education Program Orientation – 6:00 -9:00 Mashburn Hall Room 101 (College of Education); New students MUST attend.
January 8 Classes begin
February 6 Graduation Forms & Application Deadline
March 22-29 Spring Break
March 30 Advance Registration for Summer and Fall 2014 begins
April 3 Portfolio due date
April 11 M.S.E. Comprehensive Exam
May 2 Graduation

For the full Academic Calendar click here: Academic Calendar.

 

Graduate Certificates *

Graduate Certificate Program in Special Education Instructional Specialist P-4:

Note: The current program is under revision to meet the new Arkansas K-12 Special Education licensure requirements. Anticipation implementation date of the new program is Fall 2015.

The 18 hour graduate level program is designed to prepare licensed teachers as collaborative professionals committed to working closely with other professionals and families to create the most effective learning environments for young children birth to eight years old representing a broad scope of abilities. The program will provide candidates with a recognized certificate in early childhood special education training, as well as give teachers formal acknowledgement of their graduate work without the completion of a master’s degree in special education.

Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Instructional Specialist P–4

Graduate Certificate Program in Special Education Instructional Specialist Grades 4-12:

Note: The current program is under revision to meet the new Arkansas K-12 Special Education licensure requirements. Anticipation implementation date of the new program is Fall 2015.

The 18 hour graduate level program is designed to prepare licensed teachers as collaborative professionals committed to working closely with other professionals and families to create the most effective learning environments for children in grades 4-12 representing a broad scope of abilities. The program will provide candidates with a recognized certificate in special education training, as well as give teachers formal acknowledgement of their graduate work without the completion of a master’s degree in special education.

Gainful Employment Information – Graduate Certificate in Special Education: Instructional Specialist 4–12

Graduate Certificate Program in Gifted and Talented Education:

The 15 hour graduate level program is designed to prepare licensed teachers as collaborative professionals committed to working closely with other professionals and families to create the most effective learning environments for gifted and talented students. The program will provide candidates with a recognized certificate in Gifted Education, as well as give teachers formal acknowledgement of their graduate work without the completion of a master’s degree.

Gainful Employment Information – Gifted and Talented Education

    

Program of Study

An Application for Program of Study Approval should be made no later than the end of the term in which the total graduate hours completed equals one half of the total hours for completion of the certificate requirements. Program of Study Approval Form

* Coursework from some of the graduate certificate programs may be applied toward the completion of select master degree programs.

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