Chatham University

Special Education (M.Ed) Curriculum

The Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) degree is designed for women and men in the teaching profession in grade PreK-12. The mission of the Chatham University Special Education Program is to prepare teachers in reflective, participatory, and collaborative practices to provide exemplary learning opportunities for children and youth with exceptionalities. The program is designed to develop ethical professionals working with diverse populations in a variety of social and cultural contexts. Students will either choose the PreK-8 Special Education major or the 7-12 Special Education major. Education courses are held both in class and online.

This program involves both classroom study and field experiences, culminating in 150 hour practicum experience in a school setting. In accordance with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education (PDE) requirements, candidates must satisfy all regulations pertaining to teacher training contained in the Pennsylvania School Code. These regulations are subject to change by the State. Students will be required to comply with any such regulations that are instituted before they can apply for certification through PDE. In addition, students must have a valid (less than one year old) Child Abuse, Pennsylvania Criminal History and Federal Criminal History Record to enter a school for any and all field work. A P.P.D Tuberculin (TB) Test and a physical exam may also be required to complete field work.

This 30-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

+Degree Requirements for PreK-8

30 credits, including:

30 credits, including:
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
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
EDU605 Instructing Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course is designed to focus on pertinent issues and topics that concern students with autism. Spectrum disorders. This course provides an overview of evidenced-based instructional strategies used to teach students with autism as well as ways to collaborate with individuals in the home, school, and community. Topics will cover specific instructional strategies, family/community relations, behavior, inclusion and transition.

3
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
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
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
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
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
EDU690 Practicum in Special Education

This course is designed for students who hold a Pennsylvania certification and are seeking certification in special education. Students demonstrate their ability to plan for and deliver a minimum of 15 lessons to special needs students enrolled in regular education or resource rooms. Pre-requisites: EDU524, 668, 673, Permission of the Education Director

6
For students who have not had at least three credits in Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to take this as one elective.

+Degree Requirements for 7-12:

30 credits, including:

30 credits including:
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
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
EDU605 Instructing Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course is designed to focus on pertinent issues and topics that concern students with autism. Spectrum disorders. This course provides an overview of evidenced-based instructional strategies used to teach students with autism as well as ways to collaborate with individuals in the home, school, and community. Topics will cover specific instructional strategies, family/community relations, behavior, inclusion and transition.

3
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
EDU662 Advanced Instructional Interventions 7-12

This course provides an advanced application of recent research and reviews of interventions for individuals with high incidence disabilities in the 7-12 grades. Topics will include: recent research on interventions in reading, writing and math, effective instructional practices, learning strategies, reading, writing and math instructional strategies, content area accommodations, testing accommodations and transition. Prerequisite EDU 510. Co-Requisite: EDU 690

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
EDU669 Low Incidence Disabilities 7-12

This course focuses on the design of a comprehensive educational program for students having low incidence disabilities in 7-12.Teacher/Teacher candidates will be exposed to the curriculum of students with low incidence disabilities such as life, vocational, and social skills, and functional academics.  In addition, student will be able to identify and define various low-incidence disabilities as well as develop and implement lesson plans, curriculum and assistive technologies. Student will learn how to consult and research available journals and resources for teaching students with low-incidence disabilities. * This course requires an embedded 10 hours of field placement. Students must have valid federal FBI, PA Criminal and PA Child Abuse clearances to complete the field placement.

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
EDU690 Practicum in Special Education

This course is designed for students who hold a Pennsylvania certification and are seeking certification in special education. Students demonstrate their ability to plan for and deliver a minimum of 15 lessons to special needs students enrolled in regular education or resource rooms. Pre-requisites: EDU524, 668, 673, Permission of the Education Director

6
For students who have not had at least three credits in Instructional Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to take this as one elective.