Master of Education in Special Education, Elementary-Middle: Grades 1-8

Loyola's M.Ed. in Special Education, Elementary/Middle program can be used to meet requirements for initial certification in generic special education, grades 1-8, and is also appropriate for teachers seeking advanced professional development. Emphasizing legal issues, flexible service delivery, comprehensive assessment, evidence-based intervention techniques, and advanced professional skills, the program prepares both beginning and advanced professionals to provide effective services to children with disabilities and to take leadership roles in the field of special education. The program focuses on the provision of effective services to students with high incidence disabilities including language or learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, ADHD, and mild mental retardation. Program graduates are prepared to teach students with special needs in a variety of educational settings across the elementary and middle grades.

The elementary/middle special education program includes the Maryland approved reading courses and has been approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). In addition to earning the M.Ed. degree, program graduates are eligible for Maryland certification in Generic Special Education grades 1-8, with concurrent reciprocity in 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Students from a variety of academic backgrounds and careers are eligible to apply to the graduate program in special education for either full-time or part-time graduate study. You are not required to complete the prerequisites prior to being accepted to the graduate program. Once admitted, you will meet with an academic advisor to develop an individualized program of study. With consideration of past academic and life experiences, the advisor will determine what, if any, prerequisites courses or experiences are required before you may begin the program courses. You may demonstrate completion of prerequisite coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition, you may complete a school-based internship or meet experiential requirements through teaching, volunteering, or working in other capacities with elementary/middle school age children with special needs. You will need to demonstrate appropriate computer skills for success in graduate study. Students who have not met all of these criteria upon admission to the program will take the appropriate courses and/or complete the appropriate experiences before beginning program coursework.

Program Requirements

Program requirements include 39 credits of course work and practica with a focus on children in elementary and middle grades. The two required practica provide supervised teaching experiences in different settings serving students with mild and moderate disabilities. These placements require extended daytime availability.

Prerequisites: Several courses and experiences are intended to provide key foundational knowledge and skills for all students, particularly those who are not currently certified in an area of education. If needed, prerequisite courses may be taken at the graduate or undergraduate level. Observation and participation, if required, may be met through a variety of classroom experiences or via a supervised semester-long internship. Prerequisites do not count as credits completed toward the degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses: Processes and Acquisition of Literacy (RE 760); Materials for Teaching Reading (RE 761); Child and Adolescent Development (SE 720); and Introduction to Special Education (SE 761).

Degree Program

Phase I Courses:

  • ED 600 Foundations of Research in Education
  • RE 762 Assessment and Instruction in Reading I*
  • RE 763 Assessment and Instruction in Reading II*
  • SE 902 Reading Methods for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 905 Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 907 Developmental, Remedial, and Corrective Mathematics
  • SE 909 Instruction in Elementary Content Areas for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
  • SE 911 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Learning and Behavior Problems
  • SE 912 Instructional Planning, Adaptations, and Learning Strategies for Students with Special Needs
  • SE 913 Comprehensive Classroom Management for Teachers of Students with Special Needs
  • SE 914 Communication, Collaboration, and Consultation with Parents and Professionals Serving Students with Disabilities

*Required and elective courses may replace reading courses for students who have completed MSDE approved coursework. First required replacement course is SE 901 Advanced Behavioral Programming.

Phase II Courses:

  • Praxis II Exam #20353 Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge*
  • SE 918 Practicum I: Teaching Students with Special Needs+
  • SE 919 Practicum II: Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • Praxis II Exam #10352 Special Education: Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disability

+Students currently working with children with disabilities in an approved school and at the correct age/grade level may be able to complete one practicum at their current workplace.

*Students must pass Praxis II: Special Education Knowledge Core Principles to register for practica.