Special Education for Teachers Concentration, Special Education (MEd)

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Course Requirements: 44 hours required, grade of C or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 402INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 403CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 405TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 409TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES4
SER 410TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 421FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 440SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION4
SER 457SEMINAR AND RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
BBE 411FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER EDUCATION4
Select one of the following:4
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
Select one of the following:4
ADVANCED LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: ELEMENTARY
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING:SECONDARY
PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF YOUTH AND MIDDLE LEVEL EDUCATION

Practicum Courses: 8 hours required, grade of B+ or better required

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 552PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE WITH HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES4
SER 553PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE WITH LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES4

The program requires two summer practicum experiences. Each practicum involves six full weeks of intensive supervised field experience in a cooperating school that operates an extended school year program. Candidates must apply for each practicum, and upon approval they are placed in appropriate summer practicum sites by the program. Practicum sites may also screen candidates prior to accepting them for placement. Candidates will assume full teaching responsibility and will have weekly opportunities for feedback and discussion of issues and problems encountered. A grade of B+ or better is required to participate in each summer practicum.

Licensure Tests

All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license.  

Special Education Master’s students must complete the following tests:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. ​*Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.​
  • LBS1 Content Area Test (test #155) – assesses knowledge of working with students with disabilities and special needs. 
  • Special Education General Curriculum Test (test #163) – assesses knowledge of reading & literacy, mathematics, natural science, and social science.

​Candidates who are conditionally admitted with an out-of-state (OOS) teaching license they required to transfer their license into Illinois, and therefore may also be required to take additional licensure tests. Students should work directly with ISBE to fulfill outstanding test requirements. These additional licensure tests may include the following:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. 
  • EdTPA – an electronic portfolio that includes video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries. Usually completed during pre-service student teaching experience.