Master of Arts in Special Education
Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Department of Reading Education and Special Education
Reich College of Education
Woodrow Trathen, Acting Chair and Professor
Christopher Van Loan, Graduate Degree Program Director and Assistant Professor
Elin Hoffman, Graduate Certificate Program Director and Assistant Professor
The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers the following graduate programs related to special education:
- Master of Arts in Special Education (Major Code: 476*/13.1001), with three concentrations:
- Learning Disabilities (476B)[T]
- Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (476C)[T]
- Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation) (476D) [T]
- Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445A/13.1013)
- Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445/13.1013)
- Master of Arts in Special Education / Teaching Parent Specialty (Major Code: 484A/13.1001) -- not accepting applications
The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares teachers and others to work with students with Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation), Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Persons graduating from the program will have fulfilled the competencies required for the advanced competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (as long as the hold an A-level license that the M-level license can be added onto) and be eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings to include public and private schools with the necessary license as well as community settings. Students will be expected to complete products of learning to demonstrate skills of a master teacher. Students complete a portfolio and action research project for the degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is an interdisciplinary certificate program designed for professionals working in the field of autism spectrum disorders including teachers, related service providers, human service agency personnel, families, and community supports. Students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs may elect to complete the graduate minor in Austism Spectrum Disorders.
Location of Instruction: The Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders programs are offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming off-campus cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
|Course Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445)|
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School. Note: This certificate does not lead to NC licensure.
|Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445A)|
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level (M-level) teacher education programs ONLY for students with A-level license from North Carolina or equivalent. Graduates seeking M-level license must have Alevel license at the time of application for M-level license.
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.
|Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Special Education|
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
|Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)|
Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Concentration (Code: 476B)
18 s.h. of elective coursework. Recommended Courses:
Up to 9 elective hours may be chosen in consultation with the advisor from related areas such as Reading, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Child Development.
Other Requirements for the MA in Special Education:
- Thesis: Not required
- Proficiency: Not required
- Candidacy: Not required
- Comprehensive: Not required
- Product of Learning: Professional Portfolio
MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION/ TEACHING PARENT SPECIALTY
Note: This major is in the process of revision and is no longer accepting students. Current students: See the 2008-09 Bulletin for admission and program of study information.