Department of Education
Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree
Curriculum and Instruction Specializing in Special Education (Standard Professional Certificate) (Major Code: 5460)
Overview of Our Online Program
The Curriculum and Instruction Specializing in Special Education Program at West Texas A&M University has been designed to emphasize the professional standards for Master teachers in the field of special education recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children with emphasis in assessment, research-based practices and interventions.
All classes are online and easily accessible for students across the United States.
For those interested in the special education major that do NOT have a current degree in special education, 3 leveling courses are required in addition to the usual 36 hour coursework including:
|Prefix ||Number ||Course Title |
|EPSY ||6350 || Exceptional Children in the Mainstream of Society |
|EDSP ||6352 || Instructional Programming for Students with Intellectual Disabilities |
|EDSP ||6357 || Teaching Secondary Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms |
- EPSY 3350/6350 or EDSP 4351; 4352 or 6352; and 4357 or 6357.
- Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher
- Official Transcripts
- Letter of interest that clarifies academic and professional goals
- Conditional admission requirements also accepted
- Student will need program advisor's consent to be removed from conditional status
- Deadlines: August 1 (Fall), Dec. 1 (Spring), May 1 (Sum 1)
- Complete a formal application and mandatory interview;
- Meet University Graduate School admission requirements; and
- Hold a standard classroom teaching certificate.
Completion of 36 semester hours:
- EDPD 6303, 6304, EDAD 6308 or 6311 or EDPD 6305 or 6329.
- EPSY 6322.
- EDSP 6354, 6356, 6358, 6359, 6360, 6362, 6364, 6376, 6377.
Students may obtain a masters degree in Educational Diagnostician or Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education upon completion of 36 semester hours. If a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education is chosen, an additional 6 hours can be completed for educational diagnostician certification. You must pass a comprehensive exam based on coursework and your state-mandated proficiency test(s) to be a certified diagnostician.
Students who have not taken EPSY 6322 and/or 6374 at WTAMU must give evidence of competency in diagnosis and prescription by successfully completing a case study. Two years teaching experience in a public or private accredited school and successful completion of a state test is required for certification.
Click on the link to learn about the Special Education Core Course Descriptions