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Special Education - Instructional Specialist Grades 4-12

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

Description

Students completing this program gain expertise in teaching students exhibiting developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities, and in consulting with general education teachers who have students with disabilities in their classrooms.

ATTENTION!  Students desiring to major in Special Education P-4 or Special Education 4-12 must be aware of changes in the Arkansas teacher licensure requirements which will affect these programs.
Effective Fall 2015, the special education programs described will be discontinued due to changes in Arkansas licensure standards.  No one will be permitted to graduate with a degree in either Special Education P-4 or Special Education 4-12 programs after Fall 2017.  If you are currently in a Special Education P-4 or Special Education 4-12 program, and do not have a degree plan and know your graduation date, please contact your advisor.  New Arkansas Special Education teacher licensure standard will require a Special Education K-12 degree.

  • 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 4-12 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 4-12 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.