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The Graduate Education Department strives to provide high quality programs for advancing professional degrees and opportunities for professional development. Students looking to pursue a Master of Education Degree will find a combination of face to face, online, and hybrid course offerings with a flexible schedule to accommodate professional educators in public and private sectors. The demand for special education services and teachers is on the rise as children with special needs are increasing being diagnosed and enrolled into special education programs earlier in life. To meet this need, the Graduate Education Department offers an online Master of Special Education Degree program. Within this program, candidates can earn an Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement or Special Education Supervisory Certificate.
1. Degrees and Specializations: Our Graduate Education programs are designed to allow candidates to choose a specialization area within a master's degree program or simply complete course work for the specialization only. Our programs help students advance to the next level of mastery within their profession and to prepare non-teaching professions to enter the field of education.
2. Online programs: Students have the option to complete most Graduate Education programs online. The newest addition to online offerings is the Master of Special Education program. The demand for special education services and teachers is on the rise as children with special needs are increasingly being diagnosed and enrolled into special education programs earlier in life. To meet this need, the 100% online Master of Special Education program began in the fall 2019.
3. Faculty engagement. We take great pride in giving students the individual attention needed to make this a successful and meaningful journey. Our faculty promote student development through active participation and making connections between theory and research-based practice.
4. Specialized programs. In addition to the master's degree with optional specializations, we offer administrative certifications, specialized endorsement programs, and a variety of subject-specific post-baccalaureate programs. All of our courses are rigorous, relevant and contribute toward creating a comfortable, dynamic atmosphere where students and professors can engage in collaboration and dialogue of ideas.
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Secondary Education (7-12) certification credits required, vary based on the content area. Number of credits will be determined upon a transcript evaluation for each candidate.
Pictured are candidates in the Principal Practicum for the spring/fall 2019 semesters. The Principal Practicum is a 360 hour experience that is intended to tie theory to practical application. This six credit experience is the culminating learning experience for principal K-12 certification.
Superintendents, principals, and curriculum directors from 16 surrounding school districts attended the annual Graduate Education faculty kick-off breakfast.
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