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Concentrations

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.

Collaborative Special Education Law and Process

Special Education is a dynamic field, continually impacted by legislation, regulation and litigation. This concentration is designed for individuals interested in enhancing their proficiency in the procedural and substantive rules that guide the development and implementation of an appropriate education for students with disabilities. Leadership skills in areas such as collaboration, special education advocacy, IEP meeting facilitation, collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution will be emphasized.

Multisensory Reading Instruction Level 1

It is estimated that 1 in 10 school-age children have dyslexia. Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and even speaking (www.ncld.org, 2012). Teachers can exemplify best practice when they have the specific knowledge and skills to directly teach a multi-sensory structured language based program. This concentration includes the specifics about how to teach reading decoding skills which is essential to helping teachers close the literacy gap.

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.

Customized Study

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.