Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Secondary Special Education

The master of arts in education and human development in the field of secondary special education degree program prepares educators to teach students who have learning, emotional and behavioral challenges in middle and high schools.

Students gain knowledge and experience to: (a) design and implement effective lesson plans and behavior management strategies for diverse secondary school students with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities, (b) conduct and analyze student assessment data and (c) implement strengths-based and evidence-based interventions for students in grades 7 through 12.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits in required courses, successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination, and completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (see below).

SPED 6201Overview and Legal Issues in Educating Exceptional Learners
SPED 6203Research and Practice: Diagnostic Reading for Exceptional Learners
SPED 6231Curriculum and Instructional Methods in Special Education and Transition
SPED 6236Introduction to Career and Career–Technical Education and Transition Services
SPED 6238Issues in Educating Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6239Teaching and Collaboration for Professionals Working with Students with Disabilities
SPED 6280Developmental Assessment of Adolescents
SPED 6288Characteristics of Individuals with Learning, Emotional, and Intellectual Disabilities
SPED 6290Affective Development and Behavior Management in Special Education
SPED 6992Behavior Management Practicum: Adolescents with Disabilities
SPED 6996Teaching Internship in Transition Special Education
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required of all students.
Teacher Licensure
Completion of the relevant teacher licensure assessments (i.e., PRAXIS) required by the District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services Office