Requirements: Special Education General Curriculum (Traditional Master's)

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an application to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Submit passing scores on the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)
  • Submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Submit references from 3 individuals who can address your history of successful teaching experiences with students with or without special needs and your potential for academic and professional success in the field of special education
  • Submit a copy of your current teaching license, if appropriate
  • Submit an essay (typed, double-spaced, 2 pages) that addresses 1) the special education concentration you are considering and what past experiences and interests influenced your decision to apply for this program, and 2) your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations as they relate to this program
  • Licensure seekers must also submit passing scores on the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE), the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), and Praxis I: Core Basic Math as a requirement for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Admissions to the M.S. in Special Education is on a rolling basis; therefore, you can apply to begin in either fall, spring or summer sessions.

Degree Requirements

  • 12 semester hours of courses covering a common knowledge base for all of the M.S. degree concentrations in special education
  • 18 semester hours involving the specific General Curriculum area requirements.
  • To obtain licensure in this area, an additional 6-12 semester hours of internship experiences are required. A ¬†comprehensive exam is required during the last semester of study.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

  • EDEF 606: Educational Research
  • EDSP 622: Collaboration to Teach and Support Diverse Learners
  • EDSP 651: Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the Special Education Processs
  • EDSP 670: Proactive Classroom Management and Advanced Positive Behavior Support

Required Concentration Courses

  • EDSP 672: Characteristics of Learners with Disabilities who Access the General Education Curriculum, K-12
  • EDSP 566: Teaching Students with Individualized Adapted Curriculum
  • EDSP 675: Teaching Students with Exceptional Learning Needs in the Elementary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 676: Teaching Exceptional Learners in the Secondary General Curriculum
  • EDSP 669: Diagnostic and Assessment Procedures for Individuals with Disabilities¬†
  • EDSP/EDRD 695: Alternative Approaches to Reading Instruction
  • EDSP/EDRD/EDET Elective

Teaching Internship

  • EDSP 791: Teaching Internship in Special Education: General Curriculum (Elementary Level)
  • EDSP 792: Teaching Internship in Special Education: General Curriculum (Secondary Level)

Additional Courses for Licensure

  • EDEF 320: Introduction to Professional Education Or EDEF 607 - Foundations of Education
  • HUMD 300: Human Growth and Development: Birth Through Adolescence Or EDEF 600 - Child & Adolescent Development
  • EDRD 314: Development and Instruction for Emergent and Beginning Readers Or EDRD 688 - Foundations of Literacy Instruction

Supporting Courses

  • EDSP 445: Adaptive Strategies in Arithmetic
  • EDSP/EDRD 641: Assessment and Intervention for Language Development
  • EDRD 688: Foundations of Literacy Instruction
  • EDSP 554: Educational Technology for Diverse Populations