Special Education (M.Ed.)

Special Education (M.Ed.)
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Plymouth State's General Special Education certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and aligned with the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. Coursework in special education address competencies in such areas as classroom management, survey of exceptionalities, human development, foundations, assessment, and teaching strategies. Our experienced faculty will address issues such as development and characteristics of learners, language development, learning differences, instructional strategies, special education law, and language.

Plymouth State University offers the following options in Special Education: 

  • MEd in Special Education (Non-certification)
  • MEd General Special Education, K-12 Certification
  • General Special Education, K-12 Certification Only
  • One-Year Intensive MEd General Special Education, K-12 Certification
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Curriculum & Requirements

Optional Concentrations in this Major

MEd in Special Education (Non-certification)

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Learning Theory Component
ED 5030Research Design3
ED 5060Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development3
General Special Education Component
SE 5300Special Education Law3
SE 5581Technology for Diverse Learners3
SE 5600Language & Learning Disability3
SE 5760Collaboration, Consultation and Leadership in Special Education3
SE 5765Working with Families and Children: Ethical and Legal Issues3
Elective Component
Complete four courses of the following (or 5xxx courses in AD, CO, ED, IN, OH, RL, SE, SY or TE):12
SE 6040
Curriculum Development in Special Education
IN 5970
Integrating the Arts
IN 5400
Imagination, Creativity and Innovation
ED 5140
Assessment: Principles and Practices
CE 5040
Technology & Innovation
SE 5190
Educational Testing
SE 5570
Autism and Spectrum Disorders
SE 5563
Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Universal Interventions
SE 5564
Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Comprehensive and Intensive Interventions
SE 5566
Multi-Tiered: Targeted Secondary Interventions
SE 5568
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Facilitation and Leadership
SE 5770
Behavioral Disorders in School Aged Children
Capstone Experience
ED 6900Graduate Capstone Project3
or SE 5181 Collaborative Action Research in Special Education
Total Credits36

MEd General Special Education, K-12 Certification

Courses in special education address competencies in such areas as classroom management, survey of exceptionalities, human development, foundations, assessment, and teaching strategies. This concentration is aligned with the Council of Exceptional Children standards and is nationally accredited.

Requirements for certification may change, subject to changes made by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE). Teacher candidates can find the latest NHDOE standards at Certification Programs, Educator and Specialist – Advanced Degrees on the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation. 

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Learning Theory Component
ED 5060Theories of Learning and Cognitive Development3
SE 5600Language & Learning Disability3
Choose one option:3
SE 5400
Classroom Interventions and Special Education Strategies
SE 5570
Autism and Spectrum Disorders
IN 5970
Integrating the Arts
TE 5050
Mainstream Classroom Strategies for English Language Learners
SE 5581Technology for Diverse Learners3
Specialization Component
SE 5300Special Education Law3
SE 5770Behavioral Disorders in School Aged Children3
SE 5190Educational Testing3
SE 5760Collaboration, Consultation and Leadership in Special Education3
SE 6040Curriculum Development in Special Education3
Capstone Experience
SE 5960Special Education Teaching Internship6
Total Credits33

One-Year Intensive MEd General Special Education, K-12 Certification

Program Coordinator: Beth Fornauf, PhD
E-mail: basweeneyfornauf@plymouth.edu

This concentration is designed for the professional who would like to engage in intensive training to gain knowledge and skills in the field of special education. The one-year intensive program follows a prescribed sequence of coursework paired with a special education internship. Through this intensive format, candidates receive a Master of Education (MEd) with NH General Special Education K–12 certification in one year. Taught by faculty who are specialists and leaders in the field, courses are designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills crucial to teaching effectively in today’s inclusive classrooms.

This 42-credit full-time program is for candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in a teacher certification program or related educational field and are interested in working effectively in today’s inclusive classrooms or related fields. Courses in this program are taught using a hybrid format (some face-to-face meetings with some online components) and are designed in scope and sequence to allow candidates to apply course concepts in school settings, to collaborate with professionals in the field, and to collaborate within a cohort model. Beginning in the summer term, candidates progress through the program three to four courses at a time over one year. In addition, candidates engage with students with exceptionalities through an internship in the fall and spring terms, providing candidates with a variety of opportunities for field-based project completion and practical application of course concepts. Plymouth State University’s General Special Education certification programs are aligned with the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards and are nationally accredited.

Program Requirements

The candidate must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in K–3, K-6, K–8, K–12, 5–12, or 7–12 teacher certification, or related educational field (e.g., Adventure Education, Early Intervention, Social Work).

The candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive screening interview with the special education program coordinator in addition to meeting graduate admissions requirements. Application materials must be received by April 15 of the admitting year with courses to begin in June.

Required Courses

The cohort groups will be formed at the onset of the program, summer term, and will be monitored by the special education program coordinator. Students entering the program must meet the following prerequisite: courses in human development, diversity, general exceptionalities, philosophy, and literacy.

Curriculum Requirements

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
SE 5181Collaborative Action Research in Special Education3
or ED 5030 Research Design
SE 5190Educational Testing3
SE 5300Special Education Law3
SE 5570Autism and Spectrum Disorders3
SE 5581Technology for Diverse Learners3
SE 5600Language & Learning Disability3
SE 5760Collaboration, Consultation and Leadership in Special Education3
SE 5765Working with Families and Children: Ethical and Legal Issues3
SE 5770Behavioral Disorders in School Aged Children3
TE 5050Mainstream Classroom Strategies for English Language Learners3
SE 6040Curriculum Development in Special Education3
SE 5961Special Education Teaching Internship9
Total Credits42

  • Understand theories of child and adolescent development and principles of learning.
  • Have the ability, as a member of the educational team to develop the Individualized Education Plan/Individualized Family Support Plan and to identify, design and promote individualized supports, strategies, accommodations and modifications that meet children’s educational needs.
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws and local policies that pertain to individuals with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to identify and utilize evidence-based practices to maximize student learning outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Understand and demonstrate knowledge of how significant variations in development impact learning.
  • Have the ability to identify and use appropriate instructional methods curriculum and technologies that support children with disabilities: a-access information, b-communication skills, c-interact with peers, adults and their environment, d-demonstrate learning.
  • Demonstrate competency in collaboration, advocacy, coordination of family and school educational efforts and case management.
  • Have the ability, in collaboration within a team, including parents to facilitate the development of social, behavioral and academic skills in students and work in partnerships with families to promote their full participation in the educational process.
  • Understand and collaboratively solve ethical and legal dilemmas that arise in the education of students with disabilities.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a variety of strategies including positive behavioral supports and interventions.
  • Have the ability to administer, as a member of the educational team, appropriate assessments to: a-determine eligibility for special education, b-develop the Individualized Education Plan/Individualized Family Support Plan, c-plan instruction, d-evaluate progress, e-review and revise programs and f-communicate educational results to others.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
  • Have knowledge of differential characteristics of individuals with various types and natures of disabilities, as well as the implications for the development and implementation of programs and services.
  • Have the ability to organize and help groups accomplish objectives and bring about change as well as collaborate and engage in shared decision making with building and agency administrators to support appropriate programs for students with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to lead effective planning, implementation and review of improvement processes.
  • Have knowledge of systems and organizations and their management theories.
  • Have the ability to manage personnel practices including recruitment, selection, performance evaluation and improvement plans.
  • Have knowledge of current issues, principles of adult learning and models of effective professional development in educational settings; and the ability to design and implement professional development opportunities at district, building and individual levels to improve results for students with disabilities.
  • Have the ability to plan, develop and monitor budgets, audit fiscal reports and procure reimbursement from any state or federal sources which are available.
  • Have the ability to make decisions which reflects a thorough knowledge of current federal law and regulations and state law and rules for students with disabilities as well as the ability to locate, use and cite New Hampshire laws and rules pertaining to the operation of schools.
  • Have the knowledge of a wide array of curriculum and instructional practices designed for students with disabilities to promote the development of critical knowledge and skills and the ability to develop and implement service-delivery programs based on effective practices which address the range of students with disabilities.
  • Will understand theories of child and adolescent development and principles of learning.
  • Have knowledge of principles of assessment of students with disabilities including valid evaluation tools and their use in eligibility determination, development of individualized education plans and monitoring student progress.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
 
 

Admission Information

Requirements

The MEd in Special Education programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • Recommended 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)

Additional requirements for the One-Year Intensive program

  • Successful completion of undergraduate degree in K-3, K-8, K-12, 5-12, or 7-12 teacher certification or related educational field
  • Passing Praxis Core scores 
  • Interview with program coordinator and Graduate Admissions Review Team
  • Application deadline of April 15 for cohort that begins in early June

Deadlines

Students pursuing Special Education can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2024-25:

  • Fall 2024 - August 1, 2024
  • Spring 2025 – December 1, 2024
  • Summer 2025 – April 15, 2025

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

2023-24 Estimated Graduate Per Credit Tuition and Mandatory Fees

  New Hampshire Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $570 $42 $612
CAGS $610 $42 $652
EDD $665 $42 $707
  Out-of-State Resident
Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s Degrees/Certificates $789 $42 $831
CAGS $763 $42 $805
EDD $845 $42 $887

More information is available through the Student Financial Services Office

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

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