M.S. Ed. in Childhood Special Education

Mission and Goals of the Program:

Teachers who are life-long scholars will use their graduate education as a foundation for acquiring new knowledge and skills throughout their professional lifetime. Students enrolled in the program will, at the completion of their coursework, be knowledgeable in the areas of theories of learning; curriculum; social, historical, and philosophical foundations of special education; formal and informal assessment techniques; needs of a diverse body of learners; and instructional resources.


Teachers who are competent problem-solvers are prepared to meet the daily challenges of the special education and inclusion classroom, the school, and the community. They will demonstrate respect for diversity in educational settings-- especially diversity in learning styles, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, and abilities.

Teachers who are servant leaders are able to mobilize children, colleagues, parents/guardians, and others in the community as participants in the learning process to work toward shared aspirations. They will exhibit collaboration during fieldwork and student teaching.

It is hoped that at the end of the program, graduates will exhibit a caring attitude and compassion toward the students in their care and commit themselves to the welfare of those whom they teach and those whom they serve.

Applying for Admission:

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To be considered for admission, the candidate must submit an M.S. Ed. Application, completed and signed, and a non-refundable application fee of $50. To complete the application process, official college transcripts from all colleges attended must be forwarded. The transcripts should reflect the completion of a major in a liberal arts or science discipline and a graduating GPA of at least 3.0 overall.  In addition, the following will also be submitted: two letters of recommendation; an essay (300-500 words in length) describing a personal philosophy of education, statement of intent, and rationale for pursuing the degree; and a current resume.

Once the above items have been submitted, academically qualified students will then conclude the process with an interview with a faculty member of the Graduate Program and a passing score on a writing sample.  Guidelines for student teaching will appear in the Graduate Education Student Teacher Handbook, available in the Graduate Education Office.


Sequence of Courses, with Titles and Credits:

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EDU 501 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDU 528 Language, Culture, Literacy 3
EDU 529 Literacy Instruction for Children with Special Needs 3
EDU 531 Mathematics for Students with Special Needs 3
EDU 541 Classroom Management for Special Education 2
EDU 551  Assessment in Special Education 3
EDU 552 Differentiated Instruction 2
EDU 553 Instructional and Assistive Technology 2
EDU 554 Inclusion/Collaboration: Working with Communities and Families 2
EDU 581 Development of Students with Special Needs 3
EDU 600 Research Seminar 3
EDU 557 Teaching Students with Autism and Severe Disabilities 3
EDU 682 Student Teaching Seminar 3

Vicki Ford Professorship of Special Education:

The Master's program is funded by the Vicki Ford Professorship of Special Education, generously supported through contributions from Bronxville, NY residents Vicki and Si Ford, who are extremely dedicated to the success of Concordia’s programs, including the College’s renowned OSilas Gallery for fine arts.