Master of Education, Exceptional Child

Master of Education, Exceptional Child

33 semester credits required for M.Ed. in the Advanced program
37 semester credits required for M.Ed. and certification in the Advanced program
61 semester credits required for M.Ed. and certification in the Basic & Advanced program 

The Advanced Program is for classroom teachers who hold elementary, secondary, or special education certification and wish to gain further expertise and/or become certified to teach exceptional children. The Basic & Advanced Program enables those with a bachelor's degree in another field to earn exceptional child certification through additional training in aspects of regular education that are important to teaching students with exceptionalities. For certified teachers in the Advanced Program, an internship is required for exceptional child certification. Internship is not a degree requirement. For students in the Basic & Advanced Program, courses in basic education and student teaching are required for completion.

The program focuses on research and its application and on designing and implementing instruction for children with exceptionalities. A significant expectation of this program is the studentís identification and research of an education related topic. During enrollment in EDUC7518 Action Research for Educators, the student will develop an action research proposal. Prior to completion of the program and in EDUC7598C Seminar: Action Research, the student will conduct the study, submit the final document to NNU and will present the results of the study in a formal presentation to an approved audience. 

Another component of this program is the required electronic portfolio in TK20 which provides evidence that the student has met the graduate education program outcomes.

Required courses for the Advanced Program:

EDUC7508. Orientation: Exceptional Child (0)
EDUC7510. Overview of Special Education - Forms and Compliance (2)
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3) 
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2) 
EDUC7534. Intensive Behavioral Interventions (2) 
EDUC7540. Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading Difficulties (3) 
EDUC7548. Methods and Adaptations for Exceptional Learners (3) 
EDUC7549. IEPs and Transition (3) 
EDUC7562. Technology in Education (3) 
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
EDUC7568. Math Pedagogy and Intervention (3)
EDUC7573. Technology: Exceptional Child (2) 
EDUC7576. Special Education Law (3) 
EDUC7586. Assessment and Collaboration (2) 
EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1)

Additional requirements for Certification in the Advanced Program:

To be recommended for certification students must: 

  • Earn a passing score on the required Praxis II special education tests. 
  • Satisfactorily complete EDUC7596 IV Internship in Teaching the Exceptional Child (4).
  • Satisfactorily complete electronic portfolio assessment.

Required courses for the Basic and Advanced Program:

EDUC7300. Math Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC7324. Classroom Management (3)
EDUC7325. Instructional Support (1) or 
    EDUC7696. Field Experience (1)
EDUC7331. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC7340. Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (3)
EDUC7508. Orientation: Exceptional Child (0)
EDUC7510. Overview of Special Education - Forms and Compliance (2)
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3) 
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2) 
EDUC7534. Intensive Behavioral Interventions (2) 
EDUC7535. Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
EDUC7540. Research, Theory, and Intervention of Reading Difficulties (3) 
EDUC7541. Learning Exceptionalities for the Classroom Teacher (3)
EDUC7548. Methods and Adaptations for Exceptional Learners (3) 
EDUC7549. IEPs and Transition (3) 
EDUC7562. Technology in Education (3) 
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
EDUC7568. Math Pedagogy and Intervention (3)
EDUC7573. Technology: Exceptional Child (2) 
EDUC7574. Student Teaching in Special Education (8)
    Prerequisite to EDUC7574: Earn a passing score on the required Praxis II exams.
EDUC7576. Special Education Law (3) 
EDUC7586. Assessment and Collaboration (2) 
EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC7610. Introduction to Teaching (1)
EDUC7651. Teaching Methods in Secondary Schools (3)