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Program/Degree
Special Education (MA) - Disabilities 
Program Description

 

The Special Education MA Online Master’s Program-Disabilities (OMAD) offers exceptional individuals who wish to pursue a master’s degree the opportunity to earn a master's degree in 1.5 -2  years or more.

This OMAD accepts students who apply to the Graduate College of the University of Arizona through Grad Apps. Once admitted to the Special Education Online MA program, OMAD, students may take 3-12 units of graduate coursework during each semester towards their Master’s degree.

Graduates of the OMAD complete coursework, and a Master’s Report, and earn a Master’s Degree special education at the University of Arizona.  Students take core courses and choose from the curriculum a Master’s Degree specialization from the following areas.

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Dept of Disability & Psychoeducational Studies -

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.

The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.

The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.

The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:

·         Two Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069.  You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.

·          International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

·         Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)

·         Autobiographical essay (1-2 pages, double spaced) that describes:

o    how the applicant's professional, educational, and life experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate studies in the area of Behavior Support.

o    the applicant's career goals and how graduate study would contribute to their realization, and

o    the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study

o    the autobiographical essay has the option to be uploaded (look for instructions below)

Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.

 

 

 
College
College of Education  
Campus where offered
UA Online  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cecilia Carlon
520-626-1248
Director of Graduate Studies
Linda R Shaw
520-621-7832
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
520-621-9227
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

3 letters of recommendation. Applicant may use employers and professors as references.

1 Statement of purpose / autobiographical essay - (1-2 pages, double spaced)

Submit official transcripts of all college work from each college or university previously attended.

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 internet based (iBT), 550 paper based (PB), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). Individual departments may require a higher score and may have minimum score requirements by test module that must be met to qualify for admission.  The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

 

 
Standardized Tests

NO GRE REQUIRED

    International Students Only

The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.

    Minimum TOEFL: 79 (IBT) 550 (PB) or

    Minimum IELTS: Composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6)

   Please review our English Proficiency Requirement list to verify your need to submit an English proficiency test.

 

 
Financial Aid

Contact the UA Financial Aid Office for information about applying for financial aid.

http://financialaid.arizona.edu

Contact the program advisor or program faculty for funding available within the program.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall admission: February 15
  • Spring Admission:  October 30

International Applicants:

  • Fall admission: December 1
  • Spring Admission:  June 1
 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

36 semester hours of coursework

Prerequisites

1. BA from an accredited institution

2. Experience with and access to persons with disabilities for course completion

3. Must not be seeking state certification as a special education teacher via this program

Core Courses (30 units)

  • SERP 502 – Behavior Principles and Disability: Assessment and Intervention (3 units)
  • SERP 503 – Special Services in the Schools (3 units)
  • SERP 504 – Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners (3 units)
  • SERP 509 – Foundations of High Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 515 – Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities (3 units)
  • SERP 534 – Language Development for the Exceptional Child (3 units)
  • SERP 556 – Research Methods in Education (3 units)
  • SERP 597E – Consultation and Collaboration for Special Needs Students (3 units)
  • SERP 909 – Master’s Report (6 units)

Specializations (Choose one, 6 units)

Challenging Behavior

  • SERP 529A – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support I (3 units)
  • SERP 529B – Advanced Positive Behavioral Support II (3 units)

Sensory Impairments

  • SERP 521 – Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness (3 units)
  • SERP 530 – Education and Rehabilitation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (3 units)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • SERP 564 – Introduction to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (3 units)
  • SERP 595A – Assessing and Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 units)

Gifted Students

  • SERP 597A – Creativity and Giftedness (6 units)

 

 
Minor Requirements

There are no minor requirements.

 
Student Handbook
https://www.coe.arizona.edu/sites/coe/files/DPS/Student%20Guide%20to%20the%20MA%20program%20in%20Special%20Ed_Revised_9.1.2017_1.pdf  
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Last revised 23 Oct 2017