The M.S. Ed. in Students with Disabilities Generalist (7-12) prepares candidates to become knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teachers of special education student who are in the seventh through twelfth grades. This 30-credit degree prepares teacher candidates to create effective learning environments for students with a variety of disabilities and challenges. In this program, teacher candidates will learn various strategies and methodologies designed to implement Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with special needs, both in inclusion and self-contained classrooms. course content will focus on the thirteen disability classifications as determined by Federal and State legislation. A minimum of 50 hours of field experiences, supervised student-teaching, and practical opportunities will give teacher candidates real-world experience with these populations.
In pursuing this degree, candidates will examine theories of adolescent development, motivation, and learning for students ranging in age from 7th to 12 grade. They will master the skills needed to encourage students with special needs to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another. They will also acquire techniques to assess and evaluate an adolescent's academic and social development and learn principles of classroom management for a diverse student population. The program culminates in a semester-long practicum experience that will allow candidates to practice their new skills in special education classroom settings.