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Special Education - Instructional Specialist Grades P-4

Master of Science in Education (M.S.E)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School

Description

The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Special Education — Instructional Specialist P-4— is to offer educators an advanced performance-based program of study based on the recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Child (CEC), Division of Early Childhood (CEC-DEC), and NCATE. This program prepares personnel to work in a variety of professional roles with young children with disabilities, birth through grade 4, and their families. Upon completion of this M.S.E. degree program, students are eligible for endorsement in special education in Arkansas. Students seeking endorsement in special education without pursuing the M.S.E. degree should see an adviser for an analysis of completed courses and a suggested program of study.


  • Admission Process

    Students seeking admission into the M.S.E. program in Special Education must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. In addition to Graduate School criteria, academic proficiency must be established through satisfaction in either of the following admissions selection criteria:


    Unconditional Admission

    • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work.
    • Hold a teaching license.
    • Have a written commitment from a practicing P-4 special education teacher who will function as your mentor during the program.

    Conditional Admission

    • 2.75 GPA in undergraduate work or 3.0 in last 60 hours.
    • Hold a teaching license.
    • Have a written commitment from a practicing P-4 special education teacher who will function as your mentor during the program.
  • Accreditations

    National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

    NCATE’s dual mission is accountability and improvement in education preparation. The NCATE accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for teacher education programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.