- Phoenix, United States
- Program Type:
- Full Degree
- Degree Level:
- Teacher Education, Teacher Education
- Program Description:
Online Master’s Degree in Special Education for Elementary Grade Levels – Non-Licensure
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Education in Elementary and Special Education non-licensure program is designed for candidates interested in the education of children in elementary (K-8) and mild to moderate special education (K-12) settings. Courses are designed to give graduates the content knowledge and relevant skills needed for future success.
Within the program, opportunities are given to allow students to apply learned concepts and research through 113 hours of observational and practice-based field experiences. These include both K-8 general education and K-12 special education mild to moderate settings.
Differences Between Licensure and Non-Licensure Elementary Education MEd Programs
Courses for both licensure and non-licensure Master of Education in Elementary & Special Education programs are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience. All courses are directly aligned with Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles and Council for Exceptional Children standards. This non-licensure program does not include a student teaching component though and therefore does not meet requirements to lead to licensure.
Study Topics for Both Programs Include:
Characteristics of Intellectual Disabilities
Child and Early Adolescent Development and Psychology
Ethical and Legal Practices
Collaboration and Communication
Assessment, Eligibility and Transition Planning
Supporting English Language Learners
Classroom Management and Engagement
Language and Literacy Development
Teaching Methodologies: Science and Health, Math, English Language Arts, the Arts
How to Use a Non-Licensure Online Master’s Degree in Special Education & Elementary Education
Graduates of the program are prepared to work closely with students and to implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning, behavioral and social needs. Graduates of this Master of Education in Elementary and Special Education non-licensure program are prepared to become informed educators in various educational settings that do not require a teaching license.
Additional Program Information
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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