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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, MS

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Program Description

The primary objective of this degree is to provide students with an eclectic program in special education that interfaces theory and pedagogy from both the language minority education and special education areas. Students will receive specialized training that is unique and specific to the needs of language majority and language minority exceptional students. The competencies will include: (1) foundations for understanding linguistically and culturally diverse students and exceptional children, (2) first and second language acquisition, (3) cultural variables and their effects on behavior, teaching and learning, (4) second language teaching methodology to develop reading and language skills, and (5) second language teaching methodology to facilitate content area learning and practical problem solving. Students will also receive training in social and behavior intervention strategies and consultation strategies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of individuals with disabilities.
  • evaluate the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • demonstrate knowledge of fostering learning and development for individuals with disabilities.
  • demonstrate knowledge of foundations of special education and professional roles and responsibilities of the special education educator.
  • Develop a behavior intervention/change plan

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible to pursue graduate-level course work in Special Education if they meet COE graduate admission requirements as specified in the COE’s Graduate Policies and Regulations  section of this catalog.

Degree Requirements

3. Electives (6 - 12 semester hours)

  • Six to twelve semester credit hours of elective education courses are to be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Educational Diagnostician Certificate (33 semester hours)

To be certified as an Educational Diagnostician, the student must have a master’s degree, and successfully complete the 33 semester hours for Educational Diagnostician Certification, and pass the required TExES exam. 

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to successful completion of all courses required for graduation, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination taken during their final semester of enrollment.

For Additional Information


Campus Address:

Faculty Center, Room 228; Phone (361) 825-2347

Mailing Address:

Department of Special Services, Unit 5818
College of Education
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5818


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