2020-21 Catalogs

MS in Special Education - In-Service (certified educators)

The Master of Science in Special Education is designed for people teaching exceptional children, whether new to the profession or already having experience. The Special Education Master's provides:

  • courses and internships for initial teacher certification in teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities,
  • coursework in various specialty areas such as teaching students who are gifted and talented and students on the autism spectrum, and
  • preparation to collaborate effectively in school-wide, multi-tiered systems of support, e.g., Response to Intervention (RTI).

Current general education teachers, specialty area professionals such as occupational therapists, special education teachers, education technicians (Ed Techs), and people with a bachelor's degree seeking a new teaching career in special education who also hold a professional teaching certificate are among those for whom the program is intended.  This is not intended for those seeking initial 282 certification.

In-Service Concentration (certified educators)

This concentration is especially designed for educators who are interested in working with students who have disabilities and/or are gifted and talented. Through this concentration, students can also apply to the Applied Behavior Analysis certificate program. In addition, the courses that graduate students may select for their electives range from working with students with mild disabilities in a general education classroom to working with students who are gifted and talented.

Area of Expertise in Gifted and Talented

The In-service concentration has an area of expertise in Gifted and Talented (G/T). It is designed for educators who want to focus study on students who are gifted and talented.  This course of study requires 18 credits in G/T courses which can also be applied to the State for the Gifted and Talented endorsement. The remaining 9 credits are open for electives, of which 6 credits can be filled with additional Gifted and Talented courses or the student may branch out and support other areas of interest. All courses must be graduate level. They can be taken from any graduate department at USM or through the Professional Development Center at USM with prior approval by the advisor. The Master’s completion courses are a 3 credit capstone and a 3 credit research methods prerequisite.

Program Requirements: 33 credits

Required- 18 credits

  • SED 550 Teaching Students who are Gifted in the Regular Classroom
  • SED 659 Education of students who are Gifted and Talented
  • SED 660 Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students who are Gifted
  • SED 662 Creative Intelligence and Learners who are Gifted
  • SED 666 Models of Education for Students who are Gifted and Talented
  • SED 667 Social/Emotional Needs of Students who are Gifted/Talented

Electives- 9 credits

Capstone- 6 credits

  • EDU 600-Research Methods and Techniques
  • SED 699- Special Education Research Capstone

Area of Expertise in Core Knowledge and Skills

The In-service concentration with an area of expertise in core knowledge and skills provides the applicant the opportunity to strengthen core knowledge and skills in educating students with mild to moderate disabilities and set a foundation in applied behavior analysis.  There are 24 required credits, and the final 6 credits are electives which can be taken from any graduate department at USM or through the Professional Development Center at USM with prior approval by the advisor.  If the applicant wants to continue to strengthen the core knowledge and skills, there are recommended courses. If the applicant is interested in moving toward the ABA certification, there are recommended courses to move toward this goal. The Master’s completion courses are a 3 credit capstone and a 3 credit research methods prerequisite.

Program Requirements: 33 credits

Core knowledge and Skills/ABA required 21 credits

  • SED 518 Targeted and Individualized Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities 
  • SED 520 Multi-Tiered Systems of Classroom Support (K-8 only)
  • SED 615 Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) 
  • SED 653 Assessment in Special Education
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures and the IEP Team
  • SED 693- Transitions Among Agency, School and Community (7-12 only)
  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavioral Interventions

Electives- Open 6 credits

Electives- Core knowledge and Skills- 3 credits

Electives- ABA- 3 credits

Capstone 6 credits

EDU 600-Research Methods and Techniques
SED 699- Special Education Research Capstone