Graduate Programs

The Department of Teacher Education offers the following graduate programs:

Master’s Degrees

Educational Technology, M.A. (online)
This program, conducted entirely online, empowers 21st century educators to infuse and implement technology into K-U teaching and learning classrooms and online learning communities.
Special Education, M.A.Ed. (online)
The Online Master of Arts in Education: Special Education (noncredential) is designed for individuals eager to pursue a Master of Arts with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders. This program does not lead to a California teaching credential.

Combined Programs

Digital Teaching and Learning, M.A.Ed., with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
Learn how to make a difference in special needs classrooms. Expert faculty instruct and guide from a distinctly Christian perspective, leading to a compassionate, caring, and ethical approach to teaching. Candidates build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.
Digital Teaching and Learning, M.A.Ed., with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
This program empowers candidates to effectively integrate technology into the special needs classroom. Coursework delves into instructional strategy, behavioral support, intervention, and assessment for students with moderate/severe disabilities, as well as core classes in educational technology and learning.
Digital Teaching and Learning, M.A.Ed., with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
The Master of Arts in Education: Digital Teaching and Learning focuses on foundational tools for teachers to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Attention is given to learning theory for today’s digital learner, instructional video, and Web 2.0 tools for enhanced interactive learning.
Digital Teaching and Learning, M.A.Ed., with Single Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
Digital Teaching and Learning focuses on foundational tools for teachers to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Attention is given to learning theory for today’s digital learner, instructional video, and Web 2.0 tools for enhanced interactive learning.
Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Clear Credential (online)
The Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Clear Credential offers educators with their preliminary special education credential an efficient pathway to earning the professional clear credential.
Special Education, M.A.Ed., with Mild/Moderate Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
This program prepares educators to effectively teach students with special learning needs, including specific learning or language disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, emotional difficulties, and behavioral disorders. Course content enables candidates to take what they learn and immediately apply it in the teaching environment.
Special Education, M.A.Ed., with Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
Develop advanced skills to serve students with special needs. The program provides an essential foundation of special education theory, methods, and practical teaching experience. Candidates explore relevant issues, including behavior support, inclusion strategies, and modified classroom instruction.
Teaching, M.A.Ed., with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
Blending practitioner-based courses with graduate work in research and best practices, this program prepares teachers for positions at the elementary and middle school levels (K–8). Methods coursework and practical classroom training create a lasting learning experience for educators. The Non-Intern Track is specifically designed for the candidate who is not teaching full-time in a K–12 school, while the Intern Track is for contracted teachers.
Teaching, M.A.Ed., with Single Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
This program equips teachers for the middle and high school levels (7–12), and as K–12 specialists in art, music, and physical education. Candidates complete advanced coursework in research and best practices, and apply new teaching-methods knowledge directly in the classroom to enhance student learning. The Non-Intern Track is specifically designed for the candidate who is not teaching full-time in a K–12 school, while the Intern Track is for contracted teachers.

Credentials

Clear Credential Induction
The Clear Credential Induction program offers educators with their preliminary teaching credential an efficient pathway to earning their professional clear credential. This program is open to employed teachers as well as those who do not currently have a teaching position. Candidates without a full-time teaching job follow Track A, while full-time teachers enter Track B. Track C allows candidates to clear both general education and special education credentials.
Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K–12) Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
This special education credential program prepares educators to skillfully and compassionately guide mild to moderately disabled students. The Non-Intern Track is for noncontracted teachers. The Intern Track is for contracted teacher interns.
Moderate/Severe Disabilities (K–12) Specialist Preliminary Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)
This special education credential program prepares educators to skillfully and compassionately guide moderately to severely disabled students. The Non-Intern Track suits candidates without full-time teaching contracts. The Intern Track suits candidates with current, full-time teaching contracts.

Authorizations

Credential Added Authorization in Special Education (online)
The Online Added Authorization in Special Education offers candidates who hold a Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential the option of an add-on teaching authorization in autism spectrum disorders.
Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.