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2015-2017 Graduate Catalog
Oakland University
   
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Special Education


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Department of Human Development and Child Studies
405B Pawley Hall   (map)
(248) 370-3077 • Fax (248) 370-4242
http://www.oakland.edu/sehs/hdcp/    

Coordinator:
Janet Graetz
425D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2620 or
(248) 370-3077 to make an appointment
graetz@oakland.edu

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Program description

The Master of Education in special education is a degree focusing on 1) the broader concepts of exceptionality - learning, instruction and development and 2) an in-depth preparation for one area of exceptionality. Exploration of theory and research and advanced application in instruction and assessment with selected populations are integrated throughout the program.

The Master of Education in special education degree is designed to provide students advanced training and expertise in a chosen area of concentration. The areas of concentration offered within the M.Ed. in special education degree program at Oakland University are:

  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in specific learning disability
  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in emotional impairment
  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder
  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis

Note: Applicants for the M.Ed. with a concentration in ABA should contact the Special Education Coordinator, Dr. Janet E. Graetz, for additional information.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

Current Deadlines

Beginning FALL 2017 Semester

  • February 15 (early) April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester
  • International applicants  

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  1.    
     
  2. Additional department application requirements
      
  • Supplemental Program Form       
  • Requirements for recommendations
    The recommendation forms must be from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for successful graduate study
  • Copy of current (or most recent) teaching certificate or verification of pending certificate is required for ASD concentration
    • Teaching Certificate is NOT reqired for ABA concentration.
  • Interview may be required for candidates under consideration, with a written response to one or more questions posed during the interview process.
  • Goal statement, which includes the reason for application, the intended focus of graduate study, a description of professional experiences and accomplishments, and professional and career goals

Admission review and assessment

Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.

To be admitted to the M.Ed. in special education degree program in full standing, the applicant must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0, but with an appropriate academic background and strong letters of recommendation, may be considered for admission in limited standing. Students who qualify for this admission classification must complete a maximum of 12 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of 3.0 or above in each course within the first three academic terms from the time of initial enrollment.

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Degree requirements


The Master of Education in special education is awarded upon satisfactory completion of 40-44 credits in an approved program of study.
 

M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in specific learning disability


Course requirements (40 credits)


c. Exit (4 credits)

Student must select Exit Option A or Exit Option B.

Option A (4 credits)

Option B (4 credits)

  • Elective (4 credits)  Must be approved by adviser.
     

M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder


Course requirements (44 credits)


a. Core requirements (25 credits)

c. Exit (4 credits)

Student must select Exit Option A or Exit Option B.

Option A (4 credits)

Option B (4 credits)

  • Elective (4 credits)  Must be approved by adviser.
     

M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in emotional impairment


Course requirements (40 credits)


c. Exit (4 credits)

Student must select Exit Option A or Exit Option B.

Option A (4 credits)

Option B (4 credits)

  • Elective (4 credits)  Must be approved by adviser.
     

M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis


Course requirements (44 credits)


c. Exit (10 credits)

Student must select Exit Option A or Exit Option B.

Exit Option B (10 credits)

Satisfactory academic progress


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing


All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University. 

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.

 

 

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