Southeast Missouri State University

Master of Arts in Exceptional Child Education

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Exceptional Child Education at Southeast Missouri State University is online graduate degree that offers three emphasis areas: Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical, Autism, and Early Childhood Special Education. This program is designed to support general classroom teachers in their work with students with special needs in their classroom, help special education teachers deepen their teaching skills and knowledge in their field of expertise, or offer additional teaching certification. (Note: this graduate program does not lead to an initial teaching certificate, but does offer an add-on certificate in Early Childhood Special Education). The graduate program in Exceptional Child Education has 33 credit hours of course work, with all classes online, making the program convenient for busy classroom teachers.

Admission Requirements:

1. The applicant must have a teaching certificate or a qualifying score on the Missouri Content Exam or take and be in the 50th percentile of the verbal and analytic components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).

2. Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.

Curriculum: (courses required, elective list)

MASTER OF ARTS IN EXCEPTIONAL CHILD

(33 credit hours)

Core Courses (12 hr.)

GR 691 Methods of Research
EX 601 Educational Assessment
EL 606 Curriculum Construction in a Multicultural Society
CE 614 Family / School Collaboration or EX 507 The Parent and the Exceptional Child

MILD/MODERATE CROSS-CATEGORICAL EMPHASIS (21 hr.)

Exceptional Child Generalist (18 hr.)

EX 602 Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children
EX 616 Behavior Management Techniques
EX 691 Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs
EX 628 Introduction to Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical
EX 652 Techniques of Teaching the Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical
EX 693 Special Ed and the Law

Electives (3 hr.)

Electives: 3 hours + grad paper/comps option OR Thesis (3 hours)
Capstone Requirement: Graduate Paper / Written Comprehensive Exam (0) OR Thesis with advisor approval (3)

AUTISM EMPHASIS (21 hr.)

Autism (21 hr.)

EX 555 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
EX 556 Language Acquisition & Communication Strategies
EX 557 Behavior Management & Interventions
EX 558 Seminar: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
EX 559 Clinical Practicum
EX 691 Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs
EX 693 Special Education and the Law
Capstone Requirement: Graduate Paper / Written Comprehensive Exam (0)
Meets requirements for a Certificate of Completion in Autism, not a state certification area

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION EMPHASIS (21 hr.)

Early Childhood Special Education (21 hr.)

CE 530 Foundations of ECSE
CE 605 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
CE 634 Informal Assessment
EX 556 Language Acquisition and Communication Strategies or EX 602 Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children
EX 557 Behavior Management & Interventions or EX 616 Behavior Management Techniques
EX 693 Special Ed and the Law
EX 559 Clinical Practicum (may be substituted with elective if have met the ECSE field experience requirement)
Capstone Requirement:Graduate Paper / Written Comprehensive Exam (0)
Meets requirements for MO Certification in ECSE for candidates who already possess EC certification

EESE Department

Graduate Course Rotation

AREA

Course:
number & title

Fall

Spring

Summer

Format

Core

GR 691: Methods of Research

x

x

x

online; blended

EX 601: Educational Assessment

x

   

online

EL 606: Curriculum Construction in a Multicultural Society

 

x

 

online

CE 614: Family/School Collaboration or

EX 507: Famlies and the Exceptional Child

 

x

x

online

online

           

EX-M/MC-C

EX 602: Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children

x

   

online

EX 616: Behavior Management Techniques

 

x

 

online

EX 691: Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs

x

   

online

EX 628: Introduction to Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical

   

x

online

EX 652: Techniques of Teaching the Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical

 

x

 

online

EX 693: Special Ed and the Law

x

   

online

           

EX-Autism

EX 555: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

x

x

x

online

EX 556: Language Acquisition & Communication Strategies

 

x

x

online

EX 557: Behavior Management & Interventions

x

   

online

EX 558: Seminar: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

x

 

online

EX 559: Clinical Practicum

   

x

blended

EX 691: Transition Planning for Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs

x

   

online

EX 693: Special Education and the Law

x

   

online

           

EX-ECSE

CE 530: Foundations of ECSE

 

x

 

online

CE 605: Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education

x

   

blended

EX 557: Behavior Management & Interventions or

EX 616: Behavior Management Techniques

x

x

 

online

EX 556 Language Acquisition and Communication Strategies or

EX 602: Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children

x

x

x

online

online

EX 693: Special Ed and the Law

x

   

online

EX 559: Clinical Practicum

   

x

blended

CE 634: Informal Assessment

 

x

 

blended

           

EL-Reading

EL 647 Reading Assessment

x

   

blended

EL 644 Understanding & Applying the Multi-dimensional Processes of Rdng

 

x

 

online

EL 646 Inquiry & Research Model Used to Improve Reading

   

x

online

EL 624 Effective Literacy Leadership

 

x

 

online

EL 611 Practicum I: Younger Literacy Learners

 

x

 

blended

EL 623 Practicum II: Older Literacy Learners

   

x

blended

SE 602 Effective Literacy Instruction at the Middle and Secondary Level

x

   

online

           

EL-EC

CE 605 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education

x

   

blended

CE 634 Informal Assessment

 

x

 

blended

EX 556 Language Acquisition and Communication Strategies or

EX 602 Language Acquisition of Exceptional Children

x

x

x

online

online

           

EL-Ma/Sc

EL 603 Teaching Elementary Mathematics

   

x

online

EL 604 Techniques of Teaching Science in the Elementary School

   

x

online

El 608 Diagnosis and Remediation of Difficulties in Learning Mathematics

 

x

 

online

           

Read Recovery

EL 625 Specialized Assessment in Literacy Instruction

X

     

EL 630 Reading Recovery Seminar I

X

     

EL 631 Reading Recovery Seminar II

 

X

   

EL 682 Intervention Design for Struggling Learners

   

X

 

EL 683 Advanced Practicum Intervention Models

X

X

   
           
 

EX 635 Psychology Education Students with Special Needs

 

X

X

 

EX-M/MC-C = Master of Arts: Exceptional Child with Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical emphasis

EX-Autism = Master of Arts: Exceptional Child with Autism emphasis

EX-ECSE = Master of Arts: Exceptional Child with Early Childhood Special Education emphasis

EL-Reading = Master of Arts: Elementary Education with Reading emphasis

EL-EC = Master of Arts: Elementary Education with Early Childhood emphasis

EL-Ma/Sc = Master of Arts: Elementary Education with Math/Science emphasis

Contact Person:

Dr. Julie Ray, Graduate Program Coordinator
jaray@semo.edu
573.651.2444

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