MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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MASTER OF EDUCATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION WITH INITIAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION

Accredited by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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Program Description

This fully online program provides coursework and field-based experiences leading to teaching certification and a master’s degree in special education.

Experienced instructors will prepare graduates for a successful career working with children who have special needs, including specific training in the areas of disabilities, assessment, intervention strategies, current law and the implementation of programs including development of legally defensible federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) documents.

Graduates will have mastery of the Council for Exceptional Children standards for special education teachers: learner development and individual learning differences, learning environments, curricular content knowledge, assessment, instructional planning and strategies, professional learning, and ethical practice and collaboration.

This program is specifically designed for people with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming a certified special education teacher. It is offered online for Alaskans who don’t have access to the Fairbanks campus. While students can complete coursework from any location, the clinical practice must be completed in the state of Alaska.

Students can choose to earn their master’s degree and initial licensure as a special education teacher (this 39-credit program) or just the initial licensure (27 credits). Learn more about the K-12 Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Certificate program that provides initial special education teacher certification.

Fees below are based on full-time status for the two-year program.

Courses (39 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • Curriculum, Management and Strategies I: Low Incidence
  • Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence
  • Teaching Mathematics to Special Learners
  • Special Education Law: Principles and Practices
  • English Language Arts Assessment, Curriculum and Strategies for Special Learners
  • Introduction to Applied Social Science Research
  • Special Education Clinical Practice: Initial
  • Special Education Clinical Practice
  • Students pursuing a K-12 Special Education certificate must complete their clinical practice in an Alaskan public school.

Complete four of the following:

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Social/Emotional Development, Assessment and Intervention
  • Autism and Other Development Disabilities: Communication and Social Interventions
  • Culturally Responsive Collaboration: Working with Parents, Colleagues and Paraprofessionals
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities: Sensory and Behavioral Interventions
  • FASD: Diagnosis, Intervention and Strategies

Students must also pass a comprehensive exam. The exam must be taken during a semester in which the student is enrolled in at least three graduate-level credits.

Corequisite Courses

These courses may have been satisfied in a previous degree. Students without equivalent credit can complete these requirements after admission. They are not calculated in the cost breakdown below.

  • Child Development or an approved equivalent
  • Inclusive Classrooms for All Children or an approved equivalent
  • One of the following:
    • Introduction to Education
    • Foundations of Education in Alaska
    • Introduction to Secondary Education
    • Foundations of Modern Educational Practice
    • An approved equivalent
  • An approved Alaska studies course is recommended before degree completion but not required
  • An approved multicultural course is recommended before degree completion but not required

Note: Students may earn the initial special education teacher certification (27 credits) prior to completing the Master of Education in Special Education. All credits used in the certification program are applied toward the master’s degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum of 12 hours of current/recent experience working with children having disabilities (specify experience in résumé and provide supervisor information).
  • Passed Praxis Academic Skills for Educators Test (or Praxis I) or a comparable exam accepted by the State of Alaska for teacher certification

A qualifying application packet also requires a GPA above 3.0 or GRE, three letters of reference, a résumé and a statement of goals.

General UAF requirements for a master’s degree.

Who Should Apply?

People with a bachelor’s degree or higher who have an interest in becoming a certified special education teacher.

Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$466/credit $5/credit Technology Fee $75 Application Fee
$6/credit UA Facilities Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$19/credit Network Charge $300 Clinical Practice Fee
$25/credit eLearning & Distance Education Fee

 

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $20,744

For more about UAF costs, visit our Registration Guide.

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Why UAF's Special Education program?

by Bill Finch | Special education teacher at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School in Juneau, Alaska