Southern Arkansas University

Master of Education
in Special Education
at Southern Arkansas University
An SAU M.Ed. is among the most affordable in the nation.

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Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas who chose to live in university housing or reside in a bordering Texas county or Louisiana parish.

About the M.Ed. in Special Education program

Master of Education in Special Education

Professional Education Core Courses (6 Credit Hours Required):
EDUC 6003 Educational Research
EDUC 6403 School Law
Special Education Core Courses Required for Licensure K-12 (24 credit hours)
SPED 5123 Nature and Needs of Students with Mild Disabilities
SPED 5273 Classroom and Group Managment
SPED 5663 Educational Diagnosis and Assessment
SPED 6003 Collboration/ Consultation for Inclusion
SPED 5073 Survey of Exceptional Individuals
SPED 5043 Instructional Planning for Mild Disabilities
SPED 5053 Methods/Materials for Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities
SPED 6243 Directed Internship K-12

Licensure Programs

Candidates must hold a teaching license in order to be admitted to the Special Education K-12 program. The teacher candidate’s plan of study is designed to meet licensure requirements according to Arkansas law. Southern Arkansas University is not responsible for courses required for licensure if the state changes requirements after the student’s program is approved. Candidates in states other than Arkansas are responsible for checking with their state licensure board for requirements. Candidates will be required to pass two PRAXIS exams: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) and Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) plus the Pearson Foundations of Reading Exam.

For both the M.Ed and certificate programs, candidates will need to either take the Foundations of Reading exam prior to starting the program and receive a passing score OR take the additional two reading courses that would prepare the candidate to take the exam. Earning a master’s degree from Southern Arkansas University does not mean that the degree recipient will receive a license. The Arkansas Department of Education or other licensing agency determine who will receive a license.

Note: For a candidate holding a graduate degree, Southern Arkansas University will review the candidate’s credentials on an individual basis and develop a program of study based on licensure requirements.

100% of the above listed courses are online.

Graduate Certificate in Special Education Resource K-6, 7-12

SPED 5043 Instructional Planning for Mild Disabilities
SPED 5073 Survey of Exceptional Individuals
SPED 5123 Nature and Needs of Students with Mild Disabilities
SPED 5663 Educational Diagnosis and Assessment

Educational Diagnostician/Examiner: Grades K-12 Certificate

SPED 6253 Comprehensive Psycho-Educational Evaluations
SPED 6263 Advanced Psychoeducational Evaluation and Intervention
COUN 6753 Internship: Educational Examiner
COUN 6773 Internship II: Educational Examiner

[su_testimonial name=”Chirsty Canfield” company=”Current SAU SPED K-12 M.Ed. Student”]I chose SAU because it is close to home, and SAU has a reputation of being the best college in South Arkansas![/su_testimonial] [su_testimonial name=”Christy Grimmett” company=”SAU SPED K-12 M.Ed Graduate”]As an elementary classroom teacher I knew that I needed to know more about how to serve my students with special needs and learning differences. Enrolling in SAU’s online graduate program for special education was one of the best professional decisions I have made. The faculty truly understand the demands of teaching and go out of their way to be helpful and accommodating.

I would encourage all teachers to enroll in SAU’s SPED K-12 program. No matter what grade or subject you teach you will benefit from the knowledge you will gain in this program, and more importantly, your students will also.[/su_testimonial]


Counseling and Professional Studies / College of Education and Human Performance

Hours Required: 30
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 2 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer

The goals and objectives of the Online Master of Education Program in Special Education (K-12) are based on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Teacher Preparation Standards in and the Advanced Competencies of the School of Graduate Studies. Candidates who complete a program in this Online Master of Education Program in Special Education will have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students through demonstrating the knowledge, dispositions and application of state and national standards. It is incumbent upon students from other states to determine the licensing requirements in their state.

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Learning Goals

  1. Candidates engage in scholarly research activities such as action research or program evaluation to solve authentic problems. Teachers seek advice of others and draw on education research and scholarship to improve their practice.
  2. Candidates model leadership and communication strategies that promote valuing diversity throughout the community. Teachers recognize individual differences in their students and adjust their practice accordingly.
  3. Candidates design and modify instruction and the learning environment based on assessment of student learning and behavior. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Candidates employ technologies including communications, productivity and presentation applications to enhance their collaborations. Teachers regularly assess student progress.
  5. Candidates design and modify instruction and the learning environment based on assessment of student learning and behavior. Teachers command specialized knowledge of how to convey a subject to students.

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About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

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