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C&I Specialist: Special Education General Curriculum

This master's degree is for special education teachers or other licensed teachers who wish to work toward an endorsement to teach special education in the general curriculum.

This concentration in special education provides strategies for effective teaching of students with special needs in the general education classroom. Graduate students learn assessment and diagnosis of students, effective instructional procedures, collaborative and transitional techniques, and behavior management strategies.

Students entering this concentration must possess a valid Collegiate Professional License or equivalent from another state. Prior to completing the concentration and receiving the master's degree, students must meet the following graduation requirements: must show evidence of at least one course in the teaching of reading and at least one course in the teaching of mathematics.  In addition, the teacher licensure candidate must complete 225 clock hours (3 credits) of graduate professional experience at an approved school/classroom in the final semester of the program.

NOTE: Though many courses overlap, this pathway is different from the 5-year Liberal Studies/Special Education General Curriculum undergraduate-graduate pathway and the Special Education General Curriculum K-12 Initial Licensure pathway.




Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements for the Master's Degree

  • EDUC 502 Research Design (3) (Required during the first nine hours)
  • EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • SPED 511 Assistive Technology & Augmentative Communication in the General Curriculum (3)
  • SPED 515 Survey of Exceptional Students (3)
  • SPED 516 Medical and Neurological Problems of Exceptional Students (3)
  • SPED 520 Language Development and Language Disorders (3)
  • SPED 525 Evidence Based Language Arts Instructions (3)
  • SPED 540 Curriculum & Methods for Exceptional Learners in the General Curriculum (3)
  • SPED 545 Psychoeducational Assessment (3)
  • SPED 565 Behavior Management (3)
  • SPED 575 Career & Life Planning for Exceptional Learners in the General Curriculum(3)
  • SPED 682 Collaboration in the School, Home and Community (3)
  • SPED 689 Seminar of Current Issues in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 693 Graduate Professional Semester for Licensed Teachers (3)



Program Coordinator

Dr. Christopher Jones

Associate Professor
Hull 258