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M.Ed.in Elementary or Secondary Special Education

Initial certification program results in licensure as an elementary (gr1-6) or secondary (gr7-12) special education teacher.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  3. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in all undergraduate course work.
  4. Three Candidate Reference Forms accompanied by three letters of recommendation.
  5. A Performance-Based Evaluation. 
  6. Completion of SPED 300 (or its equivalent determined by special education advisor).
  7. An essay describing the candidate’s commitment to special education, cultural awareness, collaboration, and lifelong learning.
  8. An M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Special Education requires Rhode Island certification in Elementary or Secondary Education or concurrent enrollment
  9. An interview may be required.

Retention Requirements

Grade of B or better in all courses.

Program Goals

The M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Special Education Program prepares elementary and secondary educators for the field of special education. The program results in licensure as an elementary (gr1-6) or secondary (gr7-12) special education teacher. Program courses are offered both face-to-face and online to accommodate graduate candidates. The program capitalizes on inclusive High Leverage Practices in Special Education: Collaboration, Assessment, Social-Emotional Learning, and Instruction to best meet the needs of elementary or secondary level students with exceptionalities. Principles of Universal Design for Learning, to remove barriers and maximize access for learners with special educational needs, serve as primary program goals. The M.Ed. candidate will be especially prepared to work with culturally/linguistically diverse learners and their families in urban settings.

Marie Lynch
Professor
Building 2, Rm. 006F
(401) 456-8763
mlynch@ric.edu

Course Requirements​

Program Pre-Requisites

SPED 300 (or its equivalent) and certification in Elementary or Secondary Education are required for Rhode Island Department of Education special education certification.

Program Elective

Course No. Course Title Credits Offered

Focused Elective chosen with advisor’s consent 3

Professional Education Component

Course No. Course Title Credits Offered
SPED 458
STEM for Diverse Learners: Intensive Intervention 4 Fall, Spring
SPED 501
Assessment in Special Education 3 Fall (as needed)
SPED 503
Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports  3
Fall (as needed)
SPED 534 Involvement of Families in Special Education 
3
Fall, Spring
SPED 551
Introduction to Multicultural Special Education 3
Summer (annually)
SPED 648
Interpreting and Developing Research in Special Education 3
Fall

Choose A or B below:

A: Elementary Special Education

Course No. Course Title Credits Offered
SPED 518
Literacy for Diverse Learners: Intensive Intervention 4 Spring
SPED 662
Internship in Elementary Special Education 6
Fall, Spring

B: Secondary Special Education

Course No. Course Title Credits Offered
SPED 427
Career/Transition Planning for Adolescent Learners 3
Spring
SPED 524
Assessment, Curriculum, Methods for Children with Multiple Disabilities 4
Spring
SPED 664
Internship in Secondary Special Education 6
Fall, Spring

Comprehensive Assessment

Course No. Course Title Credits Offered
Comprehensive Assessment 0

Total Credit Hours:

32-35

Page last updated: March 10, 2020