The Special Education Program Shippensburg University’s MEd in Special Education has been designed to conform to the Special Education Standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and to the standards and regulations for graduate education at Shippensburg University, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Ship’s Special Education programs are now nationally recognized by NCATE/CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). The Special Education program is designed to reflect the current knowledge base, including existing and envisioned practices in educational institutions, and clearly delineated models. Curricular coherence is strengthened through faculty study and dialogues on purpose, course content, and intended student-learning outcomes. The program also uses procedures and problem-solving techniques indicative of the reflective educator model. The purpose of the program is to equip special education teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to instruct students from several categorical areas: - Learning disabilities - Intellectual disabilities - Physical disabilities - Behavior disorders
Graduates of the Special Education program will possess the necessary skills to provide instruction to students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Students’ learning will reflect: - Historical and contemporary knowledge - Research - Theory - Experience - Practice meeting the academic, personal, and social needs of their unique clientele
Specifically, students will be equipped with knowledge about characteristics of children and adolescents with mild/moderate/severe learning disabilities intellectual disabilities/autism, and emotional/behavior disorders, and methods and strategies appropriate for instruction in the least restrictive environment regardless of the exceptionality category. Our PA master’s in special education program combines theory, research and experience. This helps mold students into well-prepared teachers who can meet the needs of 21st-century learners.
Special Education Admission Requirements Applicants for admission to any area of specialization in the Special Education program must meet the specific requirements for the area of specialization in addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study ( http://www.ship.edu/Graduate/Graduate_Application_Procedures/ ) including: - Have a prior certification in education (or are in progress of acquiring one) for admission to the Comprehensive Certification program. All candidates seeking certification in special education are required to obtain a second Pennsylvania teaching certification prior to completion of the program. - Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. - Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for undergraduate studies. Those who do not qualify will be required to take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) prior to admission. Conditions for continuance in the program may be made at time of admission. - Have relevant experience working with individuals with disabilities and demonstrate dispositions appropriate to respectfully collaborating with others.
Each applicant will be required to: - Appear for an interview with special education faculty. Faculty interviewing the candidate will make observations relating to: experience in the field, maturity, career goals and appropriateness of our program for these goals. - Collaborate with faculty to develop a plan to meet specific requirements for full admission to the program (e.g., providing clearances, evidence of prior certification/requirements). - Respond to a writing prompt at the time of the interview to demonstrate ability to write clearly and logically. - Agree to a program of study developed during the interview process and sign a memorandum of understanding that changes in state regulations could impact degree requirements. - Submit three reference forms. - Fill out a questionnaire about his/her background and goals for the future. - Submit a resume.
Students are encouraged to begin this process six months before they begin classes. Students will be provisionally approved until they provide evidence that the following are on file with the Office of Field Studies: - Pennsylvania Police Clearances - FBI Child Abuse - Pennsylvania Teaching Certification - Passing Praxis I and Praxis II scores
Special Education Special Resources Shippensburg University has been educating public and private school teachers for more than 120 years; thus, teacher education is part of the very fabric of the university. A number of specialized curriculum laboratories are located on campus. A Curriculum Materials Center provides a wide range of teaching resources for the master's in special education program: - Textbooks - Multimedia kits - Films and filmstrips - Audiotapes and records - Other media
A Reading Center provides materials for teaching reading and language arts. Departmental and university microcomputers have curriculum software for various areas of study. Two student computer labs are located in Shippen Hall. One is reserved exclusively for graduate students. On campus, the university maintains the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, one of the finest demonstration laboratories in the country. The school serves a heterogeneous group of children from preschool through fifth grade. Additionally, the university network of educational facilities includes schools accommodating students with special circumstances such as those for the migrant workers community.