Chatham University

Special Education (M.Ed) Curriculum

This 33-credit graduate program addresses all required content and competencies for Special Education certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. As with all PA Special Ed certification programs, this is an “add-on” program, built on the student’s existing certification in another area, such as PreK-4, middle grades, or a subject area in secondary education.

Program Requirements

+ Master of Education in Special Education (PreK-8 Certification)

EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

3
EDU657 English Language Learners

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU668 Low Incidence Disabilities: Birth-8th Grade

This course focuses on the design of a comprehensive educational program for the child with moderate to severe mental or physical disabilities. Students analyze the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and physical profile; review assessment techniques; and examine curriculum materials and instructional methods to determine the most appropriate educational program. Prerequisite(s): EDU 661; Co-requisite: EDU 586

3
EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s):EDU506; Co-requisite: EDU582

3
EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

3
EDU661 High Incidence Disabilities: Instructional Strategies Birth-Grade 8

This course focuses on the design and implementation of an individualized education program for a child with mild learning needs and the selection, design, and adaptation of curriculum and instructional techniques in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics.Prerequisite(s): EDU 506; Co-requisite: EDU 582

3

+ Master of Education in Special Education (7-12 Certification)

EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582

3
EDU510 Differentiated Reading and Writing

This course provides the regular and special education teacher with specific data-based knowledge and skills to teach reading and writing in content areas to students with disabilities.

3
EDU531 Assessment and Adaptation

Students investigate the assessment of individuals with mild to moderate disabilities. Topics include the fundamental principles of assessment tools and the social responsibility of professionals to exercise fairness and accuracy in the assessment process.

3
EDU657 English Language Learners

This course explores language development for English Language Learners for whom English is a second language. Pre-service teachers acquire knowledge and skills required to meet the educational needs of ELLs in their future classrooms. The course also addresses the legal responsibilities to English Language Learners under Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.

3
EDU664 Behavior Management in the Classroom

Students investigate the principles and systematic approaches used to identify and analyze problem management techniques, individual behavior and affective intervention strategies, and community-based support programs designed to address problem behaviors. Crisis intervention and conflict resolution are explored as strategies for confronting challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s):EDU506; Co-requisite: EDU582

3
EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

3