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We know that there are many challenges and joys in your job as a special needs educator or in working with special needs children within your regular classroom, but we are sure that you have found that all students have amazing capabilities to exceed expectations - they just need a teacher who can set high expectations and meet their unique needs. Graceland can help you further enhance your skills and experience to become an even better teacher.
This Master's of special education program is designed to enhance the teaching strategies of K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education teachers, or for teachers who have mild/moderate students within their non special education classroom. *K-8 or 5-12 emphasis is available.
Why Do So Many Teachers Love the Program?
How Does the Program Work?
During a two-year period, a cohort of teachers will participate in either 33 term hours (for K-8) or 36 term hours (for 5-12) of continuously sequenced course work. Special Education course content is presented through multi-learning modalities that includes viewing video of master teachers demonstrating course concepts, techniques, and special education teaching strategies, collaborating with your graduate faculty mentor and colleagues, and applying course content and special education strategies in your own teaching situation.
How Long Does It Take?
This online program can typically be completed in 2 years and does lead to Iowa or Missouri Special Education Licensure. Other states may also accept this for licensure. Each student should check with their individual state to determine special education licensure requirements.
Program topics, learning experiences and outcomes are based on the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Additionally, this program is aligned with the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) content standards.
Graceland's School of Education is also accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher EDUCATION (NCATE). We have chosen this accreditation because we feel that it's rigorous standards meets our desire to develop the best possible teachers.
Courses are listed below. Choose the Course Descriptions link in the right column to view complete descriptions of all courses.