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The challenge of working with exceptional students requires teachers with extraordinary gifts. If you’ve always thought about becoming a special education teacher, but your bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than Education, our Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAEd/SPE) can help you achieve your goal.
This graduate degree program is intended for students with no prior teaching experience. The MAEd/SPE will introduce you to methods and strategies for classroom instruction while providing a deeper understanding of working with children who have special needs. Nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the curriculum blends academic theory with relevant coursework, field experience and student teaching in cross-categorical setting, and includes all essential elements required to help you prepare for a career in special education.
The Master of Arts in Education (MAED) with a specialization in Special Education is a graduate degree program preparing candidates for teacher licensure in the field of special education. Candidates for this program have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to gain the pedagogical skills and knowledge that will assist them in becoming effective special education educators. The program's curriculum includes orientation to the exceptional child, foundations and methodologies of mild disabilities, diagnosis and assessment of disabilities, structured English immersion, reading and language arts instruction, inclusion strategies, and collaboration and resource management for the special educator.
Throughout the program, students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified field experiences. The focus of each observation will relate to specific course content. Documentation will be maintained in the student's electronic portfolio. Students' field experiences are designed to prepare them for student teaching. Student teaching is an integral component of the Special Education Program. Student teachers work with a cooperating teacher and with a University of Phoenix faculty advisor during a field-based experience in a cross-categorical special education setting. The student teaching experience is designed to emphasize the achievement of state standards leading to certification and to present individuals with growth opportunities that best prepare them to assume the duties of a certified teacher.
A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify the student for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. For Iowa students enrolled online, this will be Arizona. This institution shall assist a candidate in: 1) contacting the appropriate licensing board in Arizona and 2) in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation. A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board (515.281.5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/) for licensure requirements in Iowa.
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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Admissions and program requirements vary by state. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for state and/or program specific information.
University of Phoenix is committed to providing the services and support you need to reach your goal of becoming a teacher. Teaching candidates seeking licensure can prepare for certain state-specific proficiency exams by enrolling in our test-prep courses . Brush up on your Math, Science and Reading skills by enrolling in one or all of the courses aligned to the CBEST®, The Praxis SeriesTM or TExES TM tests.
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Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Our College of Education faculty members have advanced degrees and professional experience in P-12 education with a cumulative average of more than 16 years in the areas they teach. Those who teach initial, teacher-preparation and advanced teacher degree programs also hold current teaching credentials in their home state. Among our faculty are 61 department chairs, 430 principals and 1,800 teachers—all of whom are ready to share proven methods in the classroom to help you succeed in yours.
College of Education students and faculty have access to our Technology Resource Library , providing access to lesson plans, tutorials and other resources for the latest teaching technologies. Gain deeper understanding of the tools needed to connect with today's technologically savvy students.
Our innovative Virtual School is an online tool you can use to apply what you’re learning in class to a simulated environment for a deeper understanding of “what if?”
As a College of Education student, you'll get a subscription to the TaskStream® e-Portfolio system. This web-based system features state-specific standards, and allows you to develop, then showcase samples of your lesson plans and projects.
TaskStream is a registered trademark of TaskStream LLC.
Review the learning outcomes report for the Master of Arts in Education/Special Education program.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
Driven by this mission, our elementary education degree prepares future teachers and current educators to become effective leaders in the elementary school classroom — and beyond.
Each course is led by an experienced faculty member in a collaborative team forum in which you and your classmates actively share information and directly apply new ideas to your professional experience.