Special Education MEd

Advanced Masters' Degree 

Overview

LSU offers an Advanced Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in special education. The degree program is designed to expand the knowledge of certified special education teachers beyond initial teacher preparation by integrating knowledge and skills in the following specialty areas:  (a) assessment and evaluation; and (b) instructional and behavioral support.  Guided by the strong conviction that effective instruction for students with disabilities must be child centered, data driven, and outcome oriented, the M.Ed. in special education meets national and state standards and expectations set forth by organizations including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission for advanced programs.

Program Structure

The M.Ed. in special education is a 36-semester-hour program beyond the baccalaureate degree.  It features a 12-hour core that includes 6 hours of course work in research and analysis and 6 hours in foundational special education content (i.e., legal issues, applied learning theory).  For the remaining coursework, candidates select from the aforementioned two areas of specialization.  The instructional and behavioral support specialization is aimed at providing advanced training in the design, delivery, and supervision of instructional and behavioral supports in schools. Included in the specialization is a 12-hour sequence of courses that focuses on mastery of applied behavior analytic principles for use in educational settings.  The assessment and evaluation specialization is aimed at providing advanced training in the assessment and evaluation of individual students and school programming. Candidates who successfully complete this sequence of courses are eligible for state certification for the position of educational diagnostician.

Upon entrance into the degree program, candidates pursuing the M.Ed. in special education are advised to begin by completing the four core courses (i.e., EDCI 7705, 7021; ELRC 4006; 4249; see accompanying pages for course titles and suggested sequence).  Once the core courses are completed, candidates then meet with one or more special education faculty members to complete the following activities:  (a) discuss the knowledge and skills learned while completing the core; and (b) choose a specialization and course path for completing the degree.  Once a plan is in place, candidates are encouraged to check in with special education faculty at the completion of 24 semester hours to ensure that adequate progress is being made toward the degree.  Near the end of the program – in the last semester of course work – candidates are required to successfully complete a comprehensive exam process that includes a take-home written component and an on-campus oral element.  The written exam will involve completion of three questions that focus on the following three areas:  (a) legal issues; (b) research methodology; and (c) the chosen specialization of the candidate.  The oral exam will involve the candidate developing and delivering a presentation on a project completed during a capstone specialization course (e.g., EDCI 7010 in the assessment and evaluation specialization; EDCI 7727 in the instructional and behavioral specialization).  Successful completion of the course work and comprehensive examination is necessary in order to obtain the M.Ed. in special education.

Advanced Master of Education in Special Education Program

Core Courses

Course

Course Title

Credits

ELRC 4249

Understanding and Applying Research in Education

3

EDCI 7705

Applied Learning Theory for Exceptional Learners

3

ELRC 4006

Applied Statistics in Education

3

EDCI 7021

Legal and Ethical Issues in Special Education

3

 

                                       TOTAL CORE CREDIT HOURS

12

Specializations (2)

 

Instructional and Behavioral Support

Course

Course Title

Credits

EDCI 6701

Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis in Education

3

EDCI 6702

Measurement of Behavior: Analysis and Evaluation of Behavior Change in Education

3

EDCI 6703

Promoting Positive Behavior Change in Education

3

EDCI 6704

Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum in Special Education

3

EDCI 7727

Behavior Analysis in Special Education

3

EDCI 7018

Strategic Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities

3

EDCI 7017

Explicit Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities

3

 

[Approved Elective:  Must be at the 7000-level]

3

 

                      TOTAL SPECIALIZATION CREDIT HOURS

24

 

 TOTAL MASTER’S CREDIT HOURS (incl. Core)

36

 

Assessment and Evaluation

ED Req*

Course

Course Title

Credits

3a

EDCI 7682

Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

3

3a

EDCI 7683

Guiding Classroom Instruction and Practicum in Reading

3

4e

EDCI 6702

Measurement of Behavior: Analysis and Evaluation of Behavior Change in Education

3

4b

EDCI 6703

Promoting Positive Behavior Change in Education

3

4f

EDCI 7009

Advanced Evaluation and Assessment for Students At-Risk

3

4d

EDCI 7018

or 7017

Strategic Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities or Explicit Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities

3

4g

EDCI 7010

Advanced Practicum in Evaluation and Assessment

3

4c

EDCI 4710

Consultation, Collaboration, and Co-Teaching

3

 

 

TOTAL SPECIALIZATION CREDIT HOURS

24

 

 

        TOTAL MASTER’S CREDIT HOURS (incl. Core)

36

 

* Louisiana Bulletin 746 requirements for Educational Diagnostician, taken from Subsection 663 (see also attached rubric).

Note:  Requirement 4a, applied learning theory, is accounted for with core course EDCI 7705:  Applied learning theory for exceptional learners

 

LSU Rubic for Educational Diagnostican Certification in the State of Louisiana

Bulletin 746 Reference Certificate LSU Course No. LSU Course Title Prerequisites

Bulletin 746

Reference

Certification Requirement

LSU

Course No.

LSU Course Title

Prerequisites

(if any)

SS 663 3a

Reading credit:  elementary/middle grades

6 semester hours in diagnosis and remediation of reading problems, 3 of which may be undergraduate coursework

EDCI 7682

 

EDCI 7683

Assessment Techniques and Practicum in Reading

Guiding Classroom Instruction and Practicum in Reading

 

 

EDCI 7682

SS 663 3b

Reading credit:  secondary/all-level majors

9 hours of reading coursework, with 6 in diagnosis and remediation of reading problems and 3 in foundations of reading, 3 of which may be undergraduate coursework

EDCI 7682

 

EDCI 7683

 

EDCI 7105

Assessment Techniques and Practicum in Reading

Guiding Classroom Instruction and Practicum in Reading

Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

 

 

EDCI 7682

SS 663 4a

Applied learning theory

EDCI 7705

Applied Learning Theory for Exceptional Learners

 

SS 663 4b

Behavioral intervention strategies

EDCI 4705

 

 

EDCI 7727

 

EDCI 6703

Learning and Behavior Principles Applied to Students with Exceptionalities

Behavior Analysis in Special Education

Promoting Positive Behavior Change in Education

 

SS 663 4c

Consulting teacher strategies

EDCI 4710

Consultation, Collaboration, and Co-teaching

 

SS 663 4d

Precision assessment and diagnostic/prescriptive strategies

EDCI 7018

 

EDCI 7017

Strategic Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities

Explicit Instructional Models for Students with Disabilities

 

 

Bulletin 746 Reference Certificate LSU Course No. LSU Course Title Prerequisites

SS 663 4e

Test theory

ELRC 7010

 

EDCI 6702

Principles of Testing and Measurement

Measurement of Behavior: Analysis and Evaluation of Behavior Change in Education

 

SS 663 4f

Educational diagnosis

EDCI 7009

Advanced Evaluation and Assessment for Students At Risk

 

SS 663 4g

Supervised internship

(including 100 clock hours of field work)

EDCI 7010

Advanced Practicum in Evaluation and Assessment

EDCI 7009