Education Specialist - Special Education

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Northcentral University's Education Specialist program in Special Education is designed to help you develop the skills required to assess, plan for and work with gifted and disabled students. Read more about the Education Specialist program in Special Education here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

In the online Education Specialist program in Special Education at Northcentral University, you can learn about testing and assessing disabled students, best practices and placement options for exceptional and disabled students, and research-based teaching and behavior management strategies for students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. The program examines special education law, including No Child Left Behind, IDEA regulations and legislation, and educational mandates for the transition of disabled students. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in scholarly writing and educational research as you build skills for developing curriculum for and working with learning disabled, language disabled, mentally disabled and emotionally disabled students.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're considering the Education Specialist program in Special Education, you should have already earned a master's degree from an accredited institution. You should also be interested in working with students who have mental, physical, behavioral or learning disabilities.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Education Specialist program in Special Education consists of 33 credits. The program includes 18 specialization credits, six foundation credits, six research methods credits and three capstone credits.

Courses for an Education Specialist in Special Education

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Foundation Courses
EDU 7101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 7001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Required Methods Courses
EDU 7002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU 7003-8 Statistics I
Specialization Courses
Select six courses from the following:
SE 7000-8 Introduction to the Exceptional Student
SE 7001-8 Assessment in Special Education
SE 7002-8 Learning Disabled Student
SE 7003-8 Emotionally Disabled Student
SE 7004-8 Developing Curriculum for the Mentally Disabled
SE 7005-8 Law in Special Education
SE 7006-8 Teaching Strategies in Special Education
SE 7007-8 Managing the Exceptional Student
SE 7008-8 Language Disabilities
SE 7009-8 Transitioning the Exceptional Student
Capstone Course
EDU 7053-8 Education Specialist Capstone Project

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

The Education Specialist program in Special Education is intended to prepare you to teach special education in a variety of settings. Employment opportunities may be found in public or private K-12 schools, as well as in organizations that work with individuals with disabilities.