Special Education, MA Online


The MAE - Special Education program has flexible scheduling. Students begin with EDUC 532 Foundations of Graduate Studies in Education and complete the program with EDUC 583 Capstone Research Project. All other courses may be taken at the complete convenience of the student. Most students take just one course every eight weeks, making the master's degree perfect for busy adults. View the link to all course offerings

MAE - Special Education Course Descriptions (.pdf 37k)


Next start date August 28th, 2017


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Special Education, MA Online Courses

EDUC511 Special Education Methods/Materials (3 Credits)
Course will focus on the planning for instruction; learning environment; instructional delivery; foundations, collaboration, professional conduct/leadership, and reflection/professional growth for students with disabilities ages three to 21. This course will include the use of t ILS, IPTS, Greenville College Outcomes and Dispositions in conjunction with the LBSI Standards.
EDUC513 Special Education Research/Practice (3 Credits)
This course requires students to identify problems of practice in the field of Special Education. Students research and utilize current primary source studies (both qualitative and quantitative) reviewing the literature on identified problems of practice. The engaged student will be able to locate, comprehend, evaluate and synthesize these primary studies. Students will become ‘critical consumers’ of evidence-based practices, enabling them to stay current in the field of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC 532.
EDUC514 Characterstics of Disabilities (3 Credits)
The competent special education teacher understands the impact that disabilities have on the cognitive, physical, emotional, social and communication development of an individual and provides opportunities that support the intellectual, social and personal development of all students (ages 3-21). Therefore, EDU 514 will focus on the characteristics of children and youth with one or more of the following documented disabilities as specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic, multiple disabilities or other health impairment.
EDUC517 Special Education: Law to Practice (3 Credits)
This course is an overview of laws, litigation, and the historical perspective of special education. Students will understand the connection between compliance with the law and outcomes based education. Moderate to intensive support systems will be studies including research based interventions, co-teaching, assistive technology devices and various adaptive strategies for the classroom. Prerequisite: EDU 532.
EDUC518 Assessment of Exceptional Children (3 Credits)
Course will focus on children ages three to 21 and will develop the conceptual and procedural foundations for assessment. The course content will include: the assessment process, terminology, strategies, interpretation, alternative assessments, procedure, accommodations and modifications, recommendations, ethical/legal responsibilities, and communication assessment results.
EDUC532 Graduate Studies in Education (3 Credits)
This course iis designed to assist the graduate student in understanding the impact of pursuing a master's degree and to assist professional educators with the creation and management of the types of learning experiences needed by students in our rapidly changing world. Understanding how to design and implement effective learning experiences requires comprehending how profoundly teachers impact society. Learning to manage a vision for a learning, promote advocacy and nurturing of students of all ages, , collaborating with internal and external partners, and understanding the impact of technological, political, social, and economic factors is critical in today's environment. Overall, acting with integrity and fairness is at the core of developing skills needed by graduate students today.
EDUC543 Managing Learning Technologies (3 Credits)
This course investigates the impact technology has on teaching and learning. Students create a plan to manage, design, and implement technology that supports learning an organization. Research to practice in use of learning technologies will be a significant component of this class experience.
EDUC566 Trends and Issues in Education (3 Credits)
This course investigates current issues, research, and theories of educating students and the impact of policies at the state and national levels that effect education today.
EDUC574 Equity in School and Society (3 Credits)
Focuses on gender, ethnicity, and cross cultural differences from an educational perspective. Examines how different social and psychological characteristics of classroom/school milieus influence individual achievement and personal development
EDUC583 Capstone Project (3 Credits)
The culmination of the Capstone Project requires students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired through the program by leading the design and implementation of an improvement effort in their school district or organization. It requires students to demonstrate an intrinsic understanding of the theme of the School of Education at Greenville College: To prepare teachers to serve in a culturally diverse world. Prerequisite: EDUC 580.
EDUC595 Special Education Practicum (1 Credit)
Special Education Practicum provides an opportunity for candidates to practice within the P-12 classrooms and to use the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that they have developed as scholars of educational theory and advocates of best pedagogical practice.

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