Special Education (MA)-Accelerated Master’s Program
The Special Education Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) offers exceptional undergraduate students pursuing the BS-Mild Moderate Disabilities Degree the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years.
This AMP accepts only students currently enrolled in the UA College of Education Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (BS-Mild Moderate Disabilities). Once admitted to the Special Education AMP, students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework during the senior year that may apply toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees.
Graduates of this AMP will earn the BS in Mild Moderate Disabilities with Arizona teacher certification in Mild Moderate Disabilities AND a Master’s Degree in one additional area of special education. Students will choose a Master’s Degree specialization from the following areas.
Special Education (MA) – Severe & Multiple Disabilities
Special Education (MA) – Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Special Education (MA) – Visual Impairment
Students who complete the student teaching requirement of the Master’s Degree program will also qualify to be recommended for Arizona teacher certification in their area of specialization.
Arizona Teacher Certification Severe and Profound Disabilities K-12.
Arizona Teacher Certification Hearing Impaired Special Education, Birth-12.
Arizona Teacher Certification Visually Impaired Special Education, Birth-12.
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.
Additional AMP Degree & Tuition Policies
NO GRE REQUIRED
Contact the UA Financial Aid Office for information about applying for financial aid.
Contact the program advisor or program faculty for funding available within the program.
The Special Education AMP requires 36 units to graduate with the Special Education Master’s Degree. Completion of the student teaching requirement and some additional units are required to receive recommendation for an Arizona Department of Education Teaching Certificate in the area of specialization.
Core Course Requirements
SERP 502 Behavior Principles and Disability
SERP 504 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners
SERP 556 Research Methods in Education
SERP 593 Student Teaching
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialization
SERP 530 Educational Issues: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SERP 532 Principles of Listening & Spoken Language
SERP 534 Language Development for the Exceptional Child
SERP 537 Language and Literacy
SERP 538 Assessment/Development: Listening & Spoken Language
SERP 567 Audiology Practices in Education
SERP 594 Practicum
SERP 597N Collaboration & Consultation
SERP 599 Independent Study
Severe and Multiple Disabilities Specialization
SERP 513 Assessing and Educating Students with Intellectual & Severe Disabilities
SERP 515 Assessment & Instruction: Low Incidence Disabilities
SERP 518 Augmentative Communication for Learners with Severe Disabilities
SERP 521 Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness
SERP 564 Introduction to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SERP 591 Preceptorship
Visual Impairment Specialization
SERP 515 Assessment & Instruction: Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities
SERP 520 Low Vision and Visual Functioning
SERP 519B Assistive Technology for People with Visual Impairments
SERP 521 Introduction to Visual Impairments and Deaf-Blindness
SERP 523A Braille I
SERP 523B Braille II
SERP 522 Orientation & Mobility for Teachers of Individuals with Visual Impairments
SERP 524 Methods of Teaching the Visually Impaired
There are no minor requirements.