2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Special Education M.S.Ed.

CIP: 131007

A graduate degree is offered in Special Education with a focus on working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. These disabilities include students in multicategorical areas of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbance, and physical and other health impaired. The subject field required courses are offered as on-line courses. Check with the Special Education Coordinator for periodicity of the courses.

Competency Assessment

To assess program effectiveness and meet the comprehensive assessment requirement, a Written Assessment of Competency Mastery is required of all students completing the M.S.Ed., Special Education. The assessment will include reference to artifact/course content, standards, and reflection on growth as a teaching professional. The assessment will be completed during EDCI 62699 Seminar: Selected Topics in Special Education.

Research Component

A research component form must be turned into the Graduate Office prior to graduation.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript OR an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 and a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  2. Valid teaching certificate OR two years teaching experience while under a valid teaching certificate.
  3. Documentation of one of the following:
  • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE OR
  • Successful completion of another master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA OR
  • National Board Certification OR
  • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment (MoPTA, EdTPA, etc.) OR
  • Successful completion (3.0 or higher) of the Alternative Certification program in Special Education at Northwest OR
  • Department analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher.

Course Requirements

Core Requirements (6)

EDUC 61641Data Literacy and Assessment for Schools


EDUC 61642Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Total Credit Hours:6

Subject Field Requirements (24)

EDCI 62642Introduction to Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities


EDCI 62643Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities


EDCI 62635Techniques for Conferencing and Collaboration


EDCI 62652Student Evaluation and Assessment


EDCI 62608Transition/Career Education for Students with Disabilities: Process and Resources


EDCI 62645Theories and Techniques of Behavior Analysis & Intervention


EDCI 62621Leadership in Special Education


EDCI 62699Seminar: Selected Topics in Special Education


Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 30

Transfer courses and course substitution approval will be approved by advisor on a case-by-case basis. This program does not grant teacher certification.