Jan 20, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, MS

Program Description

The primary objective of the MS Special Education degree is to provide students with an eclectic program in special education that interfaces theory and pedagogy from both the special education and English learner education fields. Students receive specialized training that is unique and specific to the needs of students receiving special education services, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Students learn instructional methodology to address the needs of students with high-incidence and low-incidence disabilities. Areas of instruction include domains such as: cognitive, communicative, behavioral, social and functional. Students also receive training in consultation, collaboration, and family system support areas.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the field of special education, including: knowledge of individuals with disabilities, evaluation of individual learning needs, strategies for fostering learning and development, and professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Plan and develop effective instructional interventions responsive to the unique needs of individual learners.
  • Plan and implement a behavior intervention plan to provide behavioral supports aligned with individual needs.

Admission Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

2. Core Classes (15-21 semester hours)

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.

Low-Incidence Disabilities Transcipted Certificate (9 semester hours)

The Low-Incidence Transcripted Certificate is an interdisciplinary program which prepares graduate students to address and support the needs of students with significant support needs through evidence based practices. This 3-course certificate is offered to educators in the field of special education and other related disciplines, such as: counseling, psychology, general education, and education administration.

To receive a low-incidence disabilities transcripted certificate, the student must complete 9 semester hours of coursework consisting of the following 3 courses.

Educational Diagnostician Certificate (33 semester hours)

The Educational Diagnostician certificate program can be taken concurrently with the MS Special Education degree program or alone by a certified teacher who has a graduate degree. This coursework prepares students to assess and diagnose learning difficulties of students.

To be eligible for the Educational Diagnostician program, the student must be a certified teacher. To be certified as an Educational Diagnostician, the student must have a master’s degree, successfully complete up to 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:

Early Childhood Development Center, Room 233, 361.825.3331


Mailing Address:

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences, Unit 5834
College of Education and Human Development
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5834