M.S. in Special Education
Drexel’s M.S. in Special Education offers concentration areas as well as an option for customized study that provide graduates with in–depth knowledge and skills to teach in specific high-need areas.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Coursework examines the current issues and best practices for supporting students with all levels of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through an understanding of the similarities and differences of the disorders, specific behavioral needs and sensory issues of these students with an emphasis on communication, language skills, and research-based interventions.
Technologies for Special Education
Coursework examines how to integrate technology into instruction in general and special education classrooms. It also examines how assistive technology (AT) accommodations can meet the needs of individuals with high and low incident disabilities. Students gain skills in using technology solutions, assessing AT needs, conducting AT trails, and using AT with individuals with disabilities.
Language and Cultural Issues
Expanding classroom demographics has resulted in a growing number of students with cultural and linguistic differences that can hinder academic success. This concentration introduces the foundational theory in both first and second language acquisition and instruction. Students analyze the structural feature of the English language and, in a practicum component, develop targeted structural exercises for English instruction and design assessment tools. Coursework focuses on the use of computers in instruction and emphasizes the role of ESL teachers as course developers and action researchers.
Students who already possess a special education certification and want to enhance their skills in a specific area of special education may pursue two of the concentrations (24 credits) and 18 credits of their choosing from the special education certification core in addition to completing the research courses.