Help students with special needs grow, develop and reach their true potential by earning your Master of Education in Special Education degree at Southern New Hampshire University. In this online degree program, you'll learn how to support students with learning disabilities in regular classrooms and integrated classrooms. Courses cover topics such as methods of teaching, learning theories, student assessments, multisensory literacy and IEP development.
The master's in special education online program is ideal for students seeking initial certification or additional endorsement in the state of New Hampshire. Upon successful completion of the online MEd program, you can be qualified to teach in public or private schools.
The master's in special education online program leads to New Hampshire certification in General Special Education (K-12). General special education focuses on mild to moderate disabilities. Please note that the online MEd in Special Education program is currently available only to New Hampshire residents.
Throughout your coursework for the MEd in Special Education degree, you'll develop knowledge and strategies that will prove valuable in working with special education students, including:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MEd online at SNHU include:
This program is approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification as leading to an endorsement in New Hampshire. Southern New Hampshire University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, endorsement or salary benefits. View disclosure information.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit an acknowledgement form and professional resume. Additional forms may be required depending on your background.
The demand for special education teachers has risen in recent years because of the earlier diagnosis of disabilities in students needing special education. Job growth for special education teachers is expected to increase 6 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of special education teachers are found in preschool, kindergarten and elementary schools, creating additional career opportunities for teachers certified as elementary school teachers.
With a master's degree in special education and state certification, you'll be qualified to teach in public or private schools as a special education or resource room teacher, integrated classroom instructor, integrated classroom curriculum developer or assessment coordinator.
The master’s in special education online degree is a 13-course program that leads to New Hampshire certification in General Special Education (K-12).
If you're earning initial licensure through this program, you'll complete a 42-credit program and must first pass Praxis I before beginning your two terms of student teaching and seminar experiences. Applications to student teach should be completed one year in advance of teaching. All MEd Special Education students are also required to pass Praxis II for Elementary Education content.
A customized 39-credit track that includes a certification internship is also available for certified teachers looking to obtain an additional endorsement with this program. This track includes an internship and e-portfolio that demonstrates your mastery of core competencies. Please speak with an admission counselor for more details.
This course is an overview of reading and writing processes. The course addresses current trends for teaching literacy including basal programs, whole language, language experience, thematic teaching, literature-based instruction, and technology-based instruction. Students will learn about the components of balanced literacy instruction that includes word attack, word identification, vocabulary development, fluency, comprehension and writing.
This course studies the role of contemporary learning theories and their application to educational practice, including issues of readiness, motivation, problem solving, and the social context of learning. Students will understand how to apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
This course presents methods and materials to assess the needs and plan instructional interventions for students with literacy difficulties. Students will learn to analyze and interpret formal and informal literacy assessments and use instructional techniques to improve literacy in students with a range of literacy difficulties (K-12). This course includes an examination of literacy development among diverse learners.
This course is designed to provide an overview of practical performance assessments that can be used to measure student progress in the general education setting. Learners will become familiar with a repertoire of authentic assessments and knowledge of progress monitoring tools including but not limited to formative and summative assessments, diagnostic tools, performance tasks, criteria checklists, rubrics, student portfolios and the use of multiple sources of data in measuring student performance. The course will examine a variety of accountability measures including standardized tests, observation, curriculum based measures, utilization of Response to Intervention (RTI) as a system for planning, instruction, progress monitoring and interventions. The role Professional Learning Community Models (PLC's) in targeting both behavioral and academic achievement will be explored. The overall goal of the course is to prepare educators to utilize assessment data in the design of classroom instruction and monitoring of student progress for a broad range of students.
This course is designed to help educators become more skilled and versatile in their application of teaching strategies within the regular education classroom, including discussion formats, varied questioning techniques, flexible groupings and differentiated instructional methods. Learners will understand the rationale and importance of using research-based strategies that enable a wide range of learners to access the Core Curriculum in general education classrooms. The course will examine curriculum and instructional design in relationship to students' diverse learning styles and cognitive, readiness and cultural differences. The overall goal is prepare educators to design and demonstrate lessons that incorporate engaging learning materials and methods and varied assessment tools that enable a broad range of students to achieve understanding, application and mastery of key curriculum concepts and skills.
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This is the capstone course for certified teachers seeking an additional certification. Students complete a full-time, competency-based internship at a site appropriate to the area of certification being sought. During this internship, the student is mentored by like-credentialed site personnel as well as by a member of the Southern New Hampshire University faculty. This course also includes a weekly seminar held on campus.
EDU-543 and SPED-501 are required for acceptance into the Teaching Certification Program (TCP). Certified Teachers may be eligible to replace these courses with any course with the EDU, SPED, or RDG prefix.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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