Special Education MA Degree
Grow as a Research-Based Educator in Special Education
Educators interested in pursuing a doctoral program, teaching in a community college or advancing career goals are well-suited for a master of arts in special education degree from The University of Texas at Tyler.
- Teachers with at least two years of teaching experience are eligible for this advanced, research-focused degree program.
- Complete your master’s in special education in just two years in a program designed for working professionals with classes offered in the evenings and online.
Graduates of this master’s program are employed in these and other school districts: Corsicana, Mabank, Palestine, Tyler, Shreveport, Nashville, Houston and Dallas.
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Master’s in Special Education: Research-Based. Experience-Driven.
- Gain in-depth knowledge about the academic and behavioral needs of individuals with disabilities in a full continuum of educational settings.
- Accelerate your knowledge and skills through special projects and practicums that allow you to work individually with special needs students facing
behavioral disorders, autism and other challenges.
- Network with other educators in the field of special education as a member of The University of Texas at Tyler Student Council for Exceptional Children (UT Tyler SCEC).
Special Education Faculty: Practical. Field-Experienced.
- Attend classes led by professors who are recognized authorities in the special
education field and frequent speakers at professional conferences.
- Be mentored by professors who have a genuine interest in helping you advance your career and a dedication to serving children with special needs. Many faculty members have been special education teachers and educational diagnosticians.
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Special Education Courses: Engaged, Hands-on Learning
Overview of Special Education (Birth -21) – This online course is an advanced study of the history, philosophy and structure of educational programs for learners with special needs from birth through age 21, with emphasis on federal and state regulations affecting special education. Addresses educational, medical, psychological and social factors specific to individuals with disabilities.
Behavioral Disorders – This hybrid course, offered online and on campus, studies the psychology of disruptive behavior, including definitions, characteristics, identification, and academic and social interventions for managing behavior. Consideration is given to functional behavioral assessments, behavioral intervention plans, positive behavioral support and other major approaches for changing behavior
Developmental Testing – This hybrid course examines approaches to assessing the academic readiness and aptitude of preschool, elementary and secondary school children in terms of developmental level and intellectual functioning. Special emphasis will be given to supervised practice in the administration, scoring and interpretation of results from selected assessment instruments.
Career Outlook for Special Education
The career outlook for professionals working in special education is strong. Positions are expected to grow by 17% through the decade ending in 2018, which is faster than the average for most occupations. Because of advancements in diagnostic techniques and technology, more children with special needs are being diagnosed at an earlier age. In addition, more parents are seeking special services for their children with special needs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these developments contribute to the favorable employment outlook for the field of special education. For more, go to www.bls.gov/oco/ocos070.htm#outlook.