Special Education, MS

College of Education and Human Development

special education masters student

Special Education, MS (36 hours)

The Master's in Special Education prepares educators for initial teaching certification and/or educational diagnostician certification. Members of this program gain advanced expertise in culturally and linguistically responsive special education services to students with both high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities. Theory and pedagogy from language minority education and special education are combined.

In conjunction with the Special Education Master's Degree, opportunities are available to earn additional credentials:

  • Educational Diagnostician Certification: Educational diagnosticians are special education professionals who assess and diagnose children with learning difficulties. This certification requires 33 hours, some of which overlap with requirements of the Special Education Master's Program.
  • Low-Incidence Disabilities Transcripted Certificate: This certification requires 9 credit hours and prepares you to work with students with low-incidence disabilities. Full tuition for this program, called the FLIP Your LIDS program, may be covered by a US Department of Education Grant.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
July 15 November 15 April 15 May 15

International Students:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 September 1 February 1 February 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
  • Essay: Special education is a dynamic field and we can expect many changes in the next 25 years. Please describe, in 500 words or less, the changes you expect to see in programs and services for students with low-incidence disabilities 25 years in the future.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Degree Plan

Printable degree plan

Foundation Courses (9 semester hours)

EDFN 5301 - Introduction to Research 3 credits
BIEM 5345 - Developmental Linguistics 3 credits
SPED 5385 - Foundations in Language Minority Special Education 3 credits

Core Classes (15-21 semester hours)

SPED 5315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Schools 3 credits
*SPED 5320 - Application of Learning Principles 3 credits
SPED 5380 - Students with Behavior Disorders 3 credits
SPED 5386 - Reading and Language Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities 3 credits
SPED 5387 - Content-area Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities 3 credits
SPED 5340 - Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 6 credits
SPED 5397 - Special Education Field Experience 3 credits

*All students need to take SPED 5320 unless they took SPED 4335 as an undergraduate.

Electives (6 - 12 semester hours)

Six to 12 semester credit hours of elective education courses are to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Educational Diagnostician Certificate (33 hours)

To be certified as an Educational Diagnostician, the student must have a master's degree, and successfully complete the 33 semester hours for Educational Diagnostician Certification, and pass the required TExES exam.

Curriculum and Instruction (12 semester hours)

BIEM 5345 - Developmental Linguistics 3 credits
SPED 5315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Schools OR 3 credits
SPED 6315 - Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Schools 3 credits
SPED 5386 - Reading and Language Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities 3 credits
SPED 5387 - Content-area Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities 3 credits

Related Area (9 semester hours)

CNEP 5371 - Psychometrics 3 credits
CNEP 5374 - Individual intelligence Testing 3 credits
SPED 5310 - Psychoeducational Testing 3 credits

Specialization Area (12 semester hours)

SPED 5320 - Application of Learning Principles 3 credits
SPED 5380 - Students with Behavior Disorders 3 credits
SPED 5311 - Advanced Assessment 3 credits
SPED 5399 - Individualized Programs for Students with Exceptionalities: Practicum 3 credits

Tuition and Fees

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Master's in Special Education National Standards Matrices (xlsx)

Additional Information

The Master's in Special Education prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of individuals with disabilities
  • Evaluate the needs of individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fostering learning and development for individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of foundations of special education and professional roles and responsibilities of the special education educator
  • Develop a behavior intervention/change plan

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Education and Human Development, please visit our website.

Contact:

Dr. Karen McCaleb
6300 Ocean Drive Unit 5818
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5818
Office : 361-825-2449
karen.mccaleb@tamucc.edu