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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Special Education


 

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

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Coordinator:
Carol A. Swift
405A Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3067
swift@oakland.edu
 

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 or two areas 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. with a concentration in specific learning disability
  • M.Ed. with a concentration in emotional impairment
  • M.Ed. with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder.

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 Admissions by the semester deadlines listed below.

  • November 15, 2011 for the Winter 2012 semester
  • March 15, 2012 for the Summer 2012 semester
  • July 15, 2012 for the Fall 2012 semester
  • November 15, 2012 for the Winter 2013 semester
  • March 15, 2013 for the Summer 2013 semester
  • July 15, 2013 for the Fall 2013 semester

International applicants:  International applications are reviewed for fall and winter admission only. To ensure adequate time for review, international applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment to the University. All international application materials must be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and by September 1 for winter admission.

Special Graduate classification:  Applicants who are seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate, but are unable to meet the deadline for filing all required application materials or credentials for graduate admission, may contact the department and request Special Graduate temporary admission.  The applicant must submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Study, plus a copy of a transcript providing evidence of a bachelor’s degree awarded and any specific evidence concerning their qualifications for graduate study as required by the department.  Up to 12 credits may be earned in the Special Graduate classification. Admission as a special graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree or graduate certificate program.

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

University graduate application requirements
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study         
  • Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, OR a degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government-recognized standing.
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned a degree (beginning with the first baccalaureate) and for all enrollment in graduate-level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service.
    • As part of the admission requirements, graduate programs may require official transcripts from post-secondary educational institutions from which the applicant earned an associate’s degree and all enrollment in coursework both pre- and post-bachelor’s degree.
  • Two official and original Recommendation for Graduate Admission forms.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • International supplemental application and supporting documentation  must be submitted before international applicants can be issued the Certification of Eligibility (I-20). This certificate is required to apply for a student visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate.
Program application requirement
  • Supplemental Program Form       
  • The recommendations must be from those 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
  • 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.   

Degree requirements


Students must complete the 44-56 credits of graduate coursework, including foundation core, degree core, concentration and exit courses. The foundation courses will be considered for waiver with previous equivalent or similar undergraduate or graduate coursework as reflected on an official transcript. Waivers reduce the number of credits required to complete the degree by 4-8 credits.
 

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


Course requirements


a. Foundation requirements* (8 credits)

* Foundation courses may be waived with documentation of equivalents thus reducing the overall credit requirement.

d. Exit

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


Course requirements


a. Foundation requirements* (8 credits)

* Foundation courses may be waived with documentation of equivalents, thus reducing the overall credit requirement.

d. Exit

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


Course requirements


a. Foundation requirements* (8 credits)

* Foundation courses may be waived with documentation of equivalents, thus reducing the overall credit requirement.

d. Exit

Dual concentration


Oakland University also offers students the Master of Education in special education degree with a dual concentration in specific learning disability and emotional impairment.

This degree program consists of 56-64 credits of graduate coursework, including foundation core, degree core, SLD concentration, EI concentration and exit courses. The foundation courses will be considered for waiver with previous equivalent or similar undergraduate or graduate coursework as reflected on official transcript. Waivers reduce the number of credits required to complete the degree by 4-8 credits.
 

M.Ed. in Special Education with a dual concentration in specific learning disability and emotional impairment


Course requirements


a. Foundation requirements* (8 credits)

* Foundation courses may be waived with documentation of equivalents, thus reducing the overall credit requirement.

c. Concentrations

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 (SAP) for all financial aid recipients. The required types of monitoring include Time Limit, Completion Rate, Excessive Withdrawals and GPA Requirements. 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 applicable program and maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  1. Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  2. Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  3. Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  4. Going on a leave of absence
  5. 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.

Related program information


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 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.