Master of Education in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a graduate online program uniquely focused on educator preparation for meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Graduate candidates admitted to one of three programs may seek to earn their:

*Recommendation for Texas educator certification is available only to Texas residents. Students completing this program outside Texas should work with their State education agency to determine eligibility in meeting their State's certification/licensure requirements.

Now Accepting Applications for:

*All applications will be reviewed and decisions made within 45 days of submission.
*We will continue to accept applications after the suggested deadlines.

   For Summer 2021
 For Fall 2021
 MEd with Initial Licensure
 Submit full applications by April 1, 2021
 Submit full applications by May 1, 2021
 MEd Applied Focus
 MEd High Incidence Focus 

   For Spring 2022
 MEd with Initial Licensure: MMS project 
 Submit full application no later than November 1, 2021
 MEd Low Incidence Focus

Course of Study

Who would enroll in this program? Graduate (bachelor’s complete) students who have never held a teaching certification.

 

Program Hours: 30

 

This unique grant-funded program prepares master’s degree-seeking students with expertise in special education and social work.

 

 Courses

 SPED 5301
 Characteristics of Individuals w/Disabilities
 SPED 5302  Applied  Behavior Analysis for Teachers
 SPED 5303  Collaboration/Transition
 SPED 5304  Instructional Strategies
 SPED 5306   Assistive Technology
 SPED 5307  SPED Legal and Policy
 SPED 5311  Assess. of Stud w/ Disabilities
 SOCW 5370  Social Work in Schools
 SPED 5601  Clinical Teaching (6 hrs)

 

**This program is grant funded and has an additional competitive application process. 



Who would enroll in this program? Graduate (bachelor’s complete) students who have never held a teaching certification.

 

Program Hours: 30

 

Students successfully completing this program are prepared to teach students with disabilities.

 

 Courses

 SPED 5301  Characteristics of Individuals w/Disabilities 
 SPED 5302  Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers
 SPED 5303   Collaboration/Transition
 SPED 5304  Instructional Strategies 
 SPED 5601  Clinical Teaching (6 hrs)
 SPED 5311  Assess. of  Stud w/ Disabilities
 SPED 5306  Assistive Technology
 SPED 5307  SPED Legal and Policy
 Choose one:
 EDUC 5394  Understand & Design Class Research OR
 SPED 5313  Single Subject Research

Who would enroll on this program? Graduate (bachelor’s complete) students seeking only a master’s degree and may or may not already hold a certification or degree in special education. 

 

Program Hours: 30

 

Graduate students will be prepared for advanced preparation for serving students with disabilities with high or low incidence disabilities. Applied Focus courses begin in January 2021, with additional Focus courses beginning in Fall 2021 (high incidence) and Fall 2022 (low incidence).

 

 Core Courses

 SPED 5316
 Advanced ABA
 SPED 5307  SPED Legal and Policy
 SPED 5314  Current Topics in SPED
 EDUC 5394  Understand & Design Class Research OR
 SPED 5313  Single Subject Research
 EDUC 5397  Implementing/Disseminating Classroom Research

 

In addition to the core courses, students select one of three tracks:

 

Track 1: Applied Focus

This track is appropriate for students who already hold a teaching certification and are seeking a Master's degree and certification in Special Education.

 SPED 5301

 Characteristics of Individuals w/Disabilities
 SPED 5302
 Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers
 SPED 5303  Collaboration & Tran in SPED; Collaboration/Transition
 SPED 5304  Instructional Strategies
 SPED 5312  Special Education Field Experience

 

Track 2: High Incidence Disabilities Focus   (anticipated start  Fall  2021)

In addition to the core courses, students selecting this track are seeking a master's degree and advanced coursework in high incidence disability areas.

 SPED 5305
 Advanced Learning  Disabilities
 SPED 5310  Advanced Behavioral  Disorders
 SPED 5308  Advanced Intellectual  Disabilities
 EDUC 5362/SPED 5309  Neuroscience and Language
 SPED 5320  Characteristics of Severe Disabilities

 

Track 3: Low Incidence Disabilities Focus  (anticipated start Fall 2022) 

In addition to the core courses, students selecting this track are seeking a master's degree with advanced coursework in low incidence disability areas.

 SPED 5317  Autism Spectrum Disorders
 SPED 5318  Medical/Management of Students with Multiple Disabilities
 SPED 5319  Methods of Mod and Severe Disabilities
 EDUC 5362/SPED 5309  Neuroscience and Language
 SPED 5320  Characteristics of Severe Disabilities



Admission

Admission to Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction Programs is competitive and some qualified students may not be admitted if demand exceeds the program’s capacity to serve all applicants. All students must meet university, college, department, and Texas Administrative Code qualifications in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Out-of-state students will not qualify for Texas educator certification. Therefore, students should review their state's requirements to determine if completion of a program at UTA will lead to certification in their state.

 

Unconditional Admission Criteria

  • Two or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Undergraduate transcripts with at least a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 hours or at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The higher of these GPA's will be used for admission purposes. A 3.0 GPA on the last 9 hours of graduate coursework may be considered in place of the undergraduate GPA.
  • Two professional letters of reference. Letters from supervisors are strongly encouraged. Applicants for the M.Ed. in Special Education who seek certification submit a personal statement of interest and two professional letters of reference. M.Ed. in Special Education applicants who do not seek certification need only submit a personal statement of interest.

In addition, program-areas have additional requirements including documents for TEA reporting, including: 1) a written response to the given prompt (fulfills “other screening instrument” as required by The Texas Education Agency) and 2) completion of Attestation and FERPA forms. The overall grade point average (GPA) of each incoming class admitted between September 1 and August 31 of each year by an educator preparation program (EPP) may not be less than 3.00 on a four-point scale or the equivalent.

 

Probationary Admission Criteria

  • Applicants who have less than 2 years of relevant work experience, AND have a GPA of at least 3.0 and two letters of reference, may be granted probationary admission. The faculty admissions committee may require additional documents (e.g., GRE scores) for consideration. M.Ed. in Special Education program applicants may also be admitted on a probationary status with less than 2 years of relevant work experience, and a personal statement of interest.
  • Students granted probationary admission must maintain a 3.0 (B or better) GPA in the first 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in the College of Education program to be converted from probationary to unconditional admission.

In addition, program-areas have additional requirements including documents for TEA reporting, including: 1) a written response to the given prompt (fulfills “other screening instrument” as required by The Texas Education Agency) and 2) completion of Attestation and FERPA forms. The overall grade point average (GPA) of each incoming class admitted between September 1 and August 31 of each year by an educator preparation program (EPP) may not be less than 3.00 on a four-point scale or the equivalent.

 

Recommendations

Applicants seeking admission to C&I programs must submit three recommendation forms to the department, using this Recommendation Letter Form.

Recommendation forms must be emailed to Berhane Doilicho at berhane.doilicho@uta.edu.

 

Additional Application Process for Master of Education  in Special Education w/Initial Special Education Certification  as part of Project Match Made in Schools

Now accepting applications for Spring 2022.

  1. Apply to the master's program of your choice: M.Ed. in Special Education OR MSW in Social Work
  2. Apply for Project MMS by November 1, 2021

Contact an advisor for the College of Education or School of Social Work (patrice.green@uta.edu)

Applications will be scored, and the top individuals will be invited for a brief web-based interview to ensure fit between career goals and program outcomes.

Students from underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic minority, linguistically diverse, and persons with disabilities) are encouraged to apply.

Questions? Email Dr. Ambra L. Green (Special Education)

 

Teacher Certification

This degree program only prepares students to be certified teachers in Texas. If you are an out-of-state individual seeking certification in Texas, you must present your credentials to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for review.

If you are an out-of-state individual seeking certification in another state, you must consult with that state’s education authorities to achieve certification.

Students seeking Texas certification must satisfy a criminal background check and other legal requirements before clinical teaching and employment in a Texas school.

For more information on certification in Texas and its requirements, please visit the Office of Educator Certification.

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Program Director

Dr. Bree A. Jimenez

Associate Professor, Special Education

Email: bree.jimenez@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-3339

Office: 508 Hammond Hall

Research Interests: Dr. Bree Jimenez is an Associate Professor of Special Education. She has worked in the field of special education for over 20 years, as a classroom teacher supporting students in both elementary and high school, grant-funded research liaison between a local school system and university, then Lead Research Associate for an U.S. federally funded grant with the department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 2017-2019, Dr. Jimenez served as a Research Consultant with Mater Dei School in Camden, New South Wales and an Honorary Research Associate in Special Education with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on general curriculum access and assessment for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Specifically, Dr. Jimenez’ research focuses on math, science, and STEM instruction for students with extensive support needs. She is the author/co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed journals articles, multiple book chapters, and several books on strategies to support academics for students with disabilities. Dr. Jimenez is an executive board member of the Division for Research (DR) and the Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Dr. Jimenez is an author of the internationally implemented academic classroom curriculums: Teaching to Standards: Math; Teaching to Standards: Science; Early Numeracy; Early Science; Access Algebra and Access Geometry.

Graduate Advisor

Berhane Doilicho

Graduate Advisor

Email: berhane.doilicho@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2956

Office: 513 Carlisle Hall

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