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.

Physical Education, M.S.

Prepares candidates to advance their careers, increase their marketability, and gain opportunities in a variety of positions connected to physical education, athletics, and exercise science.

  • Sport Management and Integrated Leadership
Physical Education, M.S. (online)

Prepares candidates to advance their careers, increase their marketability, and gain opportunities in a variety of positions connected to physical education, athletics, and exercise science. Candidates earn this degree entirely online.

  • Sport Management and Integrated Leadership
Special Education and Educational Technology, M.Ed.

The Master of Education: Special Education and Educational Technology (noncredential) program focuses on research-proven instructional strategies and the integration of technology into the curriculum for special needs populations.

Special Education, M.A.Ed.

Offering the master’s in special education without the credential, this program provides the training and experiences that lead to confident, competent, and compassionate care of persons with disabilities.

Special Education, M.A.Ed. (online)

The Online Master of Arts in Education: Special Education (non-credential) is designed for individuals eager to pursue a Master of Arts with emphases in classroom interventions, bilingual special education strategies, emotional disturbance (behavior analysis), autism spectrum disorders, or resource specialist. 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.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), M.A.Ed., with Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)

The Master of Arts in Education: Gifted and Talented Education and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program empowers educators to effectively engage gifted and talented learners. Combining curricula of the credential and master’s degree, the program offers a streamlined educational package, preparing teachers for positions at the elementary and middle school levels (K–8).

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), M.A.Ed., with Single Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)

The Master of Arts in Education: Gifted and Talented Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential program empowers educators to effectively engage gifted and talented learners. Combining curricula of the credential and master’s degree, the program offers a streamlined educational package, preparing teachers for positions at the middle and high school levels (7–12) and as pre-K–12 specialists in art, music, and physical education.

Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities Specialist Clear Credential

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.

Physical Education, M.A., with Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

Designed for candidates who possess a teaching credential in physical education and who seek to teach both adapted physical education and general physical education at the K–12 and community college levels.

Physical Education, M.A., with Single Subject Teaching Credential (Non-Intern and Intern)

Build the skills needed to teach physical education and coach at the K–12, junior college, and four-year university levels. Coursework covers advanced topics in physical education, ranging from sociological and ethical issues, to leadership and administration.

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.

Certificates

ELL/CTEL/CLAD Certificate (online)

This online program prepares credentialed teachers to work with second-language learners

GATE Certificate (online)

The Online Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program empowers educators to effectively address the challenges of the 21st-century classroom. Designed for candidates interested in gaining GATE competency without earning a master’s degree, the certificate program enables educators to maximize student learning.

Authorizations

Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

This is a secondary authorization that enables the physical education teacher to teach students ranging from preschool through adult school, conduct assessments, and report findings through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process.

Credential Added Authorizations in Special Education

This add-on teaching authorization in special education allows candidates to earn an authorization in one of the following areas: autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbance, or resource specialist. The authorization can be added to an existing special education mild/moderate teaching credential to expand the scope of instruction for current teachers.

Credential Added Authorizations in Special Education (online)

The Online Added Authorizations in Special Education offers candidates who hold a Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential the option of an add-on teaching authorization in autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbance, or resource specialist.

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.