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Graduate Studies in
Special Education and
Rehabilitative Sciences

Program Objectives

The mission of the Master of Science programs within the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences is to provide opportunities:

  • to update, broaden, and refine the skills and knowledge base of the veteran professional in designing, implementing, and evaluating instruction and services for individuals with disabilities;

  • to extend knowledge and skills in research, administration, leadership, and the organization of service delivery;

  • to analyze technically complex and current issues within the field; and

  • to prepare for more advanced studies and careers in special education and rehabilitative sciences.

The graduate program in special education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council for Exceptional Children and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

 

Master of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences

The master's degree program in Rehabilitative Sciences is designed for students who presently hold a bachelor's degree and aspire to leadership and management positions in community-based social, clinical, vocational, recreational, case management, residential, and forensic treatment programs. Incoming students declare their intention to be designated in either the traditional (face to face) track or the online program (Web track). Regardless of their designation, students are always encouraged to cross over and sample courses offerings from either of the two tracks.

Students who are admitted to this 33-credit program typically have experience working with people who have one or more of the following issues: mental retardation, chemical dependency, aging, mental health, delinquency, criminal adjudication, health issues, poverty, and other at-risk environmental or behavioral problems. Graduates will acquire greater knowledge and skills to position them for increased levels of professional responsibility. Within this degree, students will take a core of 15 required graduate credits, and 18 graduate credits from elective courses selected by the student in consultation with their advisor. Unless the applicant submits documentation of prior experience in the field through employment or practicum experience, six credits of REHB 495 must be taken in addition to the 33 required credits for the master's degree to fulfill the field experience component.

 


 

Admission Requirements

Clarion University's general admission requirements apply, with the following additions:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an acceptably accredited college or university

  • Undergraduate minimum QPA is 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for full admission status

  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examanation General Test or the Miller Analogies Test

  • Three faculty and/or professional recommendations; recommendation forms should document applicant's potential and/or effectiveness in the areas of academic ability and/or professional performance.

 


 

Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies at Clarion University, students shall meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete a planned program of study approved by their advisors including a minimum of 33 credits.

  • Students contemplating more advanced studies after completing the master's degree or contemplating careers that involve research may elect, with the approval of their advisor, a thesis project (REHB 600).


The purpose of electives is to provide flexibility within the program so students can further develop their knowledge, skills, and expertise in individual areas of career interest and to enhance their career options. The choice of electives is, therefore, not limited to SPED or REHB courses listed. With the prior approval of the student's advisor, the student may choose elective courses from other departments or institutions of higher education. Note: In accordance with Clarion University residency requirements, no more than a maximum of 30 percent of the total graduate credits may be transferred from other institutions.

 

M.S. IN REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES

Required Core (15 credits)

REHB 520:
RESEARCH IN REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES, 3 s.h.

REHB 545:
REHABILITATION: PHILOSOPHY AND PRINCIPLES, 3 s.h.

REHB 565:
SEMINAR ON REHABILITATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS, 3 s.h.

REHB 575:
ADMINISTERING REHABILITATION DELIVERY SYSTEMS, 3 s.h.

REHB 580:
INTERVENTION STRATEGIES IN REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES, 3 s.h.

 

Electives 18 credits

REHB 405:
SUBSTANCE ABUSE 3 s.h.

REHB 410:
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, 3 s.h.

REHB 510:
GROUP PROCESS IN REHABILITATION, 3 s.h.

REHB 530:
AGING AND THE HUMAN SERVICES, 3 s.h.

REHB 531:
IMPACT OF DISABLING CONDITIONS, 3 s.h.

REHB 537:
LIFESTYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 3 s.h.

REHB 538:
CRISIS INTERVENTION IN REHABILITATION, 3 s.h.

REHB 550:
ISSUES IN RURAL HUMAN SERVICES, 3 s.h.

REHB 581:
REHABILITATION OF PERSONS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS, 3 s.h.

REHB 585:
SPECIAL TOPICS IN REHABILITATIVE SCIENCES, 1-3 s.h.

REHB 586:
DUAL DIAGNOSIS, 3 s.h.

REHB 590:
SPECIAL PROJECTS, 3 s.h.

REHB 600:
THESIS 3, 6 s.h.

SPED 500:
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 s.h.

SPED 505:
CONCEPTS OF INTELLIGENCE, 3 s.h.

SPED 520:
ROLE DEVELOPMENT WITH PARENTS, 3 s.h.

SPED 530:
LEARNING DISABILITIES, 3 s.h.

SPED 535:
ADVANCED METHODS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE HANDICAPS, 3 s.h.

SPED 540:
BEHAVIOR DISORDERS, 3 s.h.

SPED 567:
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, 3 s.h.

 

A maximum of six credits from the 400-level courses listed above can be taken for graduate credit with special permission. Please note that 400-level courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be repeated for graduate credit.

 

Master of Education with Special Education Concentration

The master's of education with a concentration of special education degree program is primarily designed for individuals who possess a teaching certificate in some other area and wish to add a special education teaching certificate while also receiving a master's degree. If completed as described, the program leads to Pennsylvania certification in special education.


Students who presently hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited program may pursue the master's degree while completing additional course work leading to Pennsylvania certification in the area of special education. The student's advisor will individually determine the specific course work for certification after a review of the student's past course work and experience.

 


 

Admission Requirements

Clarion University's general admission requirements apply, with the following additions:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an acceptably accredited college or university

  • Undergraduate minimum quality-point average is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • Three faculty and/or professional recommendations; recommendation forms should document applicant's potential and/or effectiveness in the areas of teaching ability and/or professional performance.

  • Clarion University students will be provided an expedited application process.

 


 

Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies at Clarion University, students shall meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete a planned program of study approved by their advisors ranging from 30-33 credits.

  • Successful completion of SPED 418 within the last two years or SPED 531 as a three-credit elective. Students who never completed a comparable special education course will take SPED 418:31. Students contemplating more advanced studies after completing the master's degree or contemplating careers that involve research may elect, with advisor approval, a special project (SPED 690).

Note: In accordance with Clarion University residency requirements, no more than a maximum of 30 percent of the total graduate credits may be transferred from other institutions.

 

M.S.ED. with a CONCENTRATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Core Competencies (6 credits)

ED 520:
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, 3 S.H.

ED 578:
PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR, 3 S.H.

 

Specialization Courses (27 credits)

SPED 462:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT, 3 S.H.

SPED 472:
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, 3 S.H.

SPED 482:
SPECIAL MATHEMETICS INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

SPED 500:
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, 3 S.H.

SPED 522:
SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM ADMINISTRATION, 3 S.H.

SPED 544:
HIGH INCIDENCE METHODS AND PRACTICUM, 3 S.H.

SPED 546:
LOW INCIDENCE METHODS AND PRACTICUM, 3 S.H.

SPED 567:
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, 3 S.H.

SPED 580:
SPECIAL READING INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

 

Electives

SPED 418:
EXCEPTIONALITIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM

OR

SPED 531:
IMPACT OF DISABLING CONDITIONS

ONE OTHER SPED OR REHB ELECTIVE, 3 S.H.

 

Fieldwork

Students enrolled in the masters of education with special education program will complete fieldwork incorporated in SPED 544: High Incidence Methods and Practicum and SPED 546: Low Incidence Methods and Practicum. This fieldwork is embedded in the course and requires students to spend several weeks in an assigned special education classroom.

 

A maximum of six credits from the 400-level courses listed above can be taken for graduate credit with special permission. Please note that 400-level courses taken for undergraduate credit cannot be repeated for graduate credit.

 

 

Integrated Middle-level Baccalaureate and Masters of Education Special Education Concentration

To meet new standards and offer Clarion University students a unique opportunity to complete a program with both middle-level and special education certification, an integrated program design has been created.

For this circumstance only, those students wishing to matriculate to graduate school to receive special education certification: the following courses will be substituted in the middle-level program of study:

 

Required Course

Substitition

SPED 441

SPED 462

SPED 442

SPED 482


These students, not possessing an initial certification, would be required to student teach in both the middle-level area and the special education area. Therefore, six of the 12 credits of EDML 425 (Student Teaching) would be substituted with six credits of SPED 450 (Student Teaching). The SPED 462 and SPED 482 would count on the undergraduate record and as competencies completed for the Masters of Education with Special Education Concentration.

The result of this integated program would be in the awarding of a B.S.Ed. middle-level and M.Ed. with special education concentration, as well as certification in both middle-level and special education after completion of all requirements.

 

MASTERS OF EDUCATION WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION CONCENTRATION AND MIDDLE-LEVEL CERTIFICATION–5-Year program

Core Competencies (6 credits)

ED 520:
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, 3 S.H.

ED 578:
PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR, 3 S.H.

 

Specialized Courses (6 credits)

SPED 462:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT*

APED 472:
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, 3 S.H.

SPED 482:
SPECIAL MATHEMATIC INSTRUCTION*

SPED 500:
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3 S.H.

SPED 522:
SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM ADMINISTRATION, 3 S.H.

SPED 544:
METHODS OF PRACTICUM HIGH INCIDENCE, 3 S.H.

SPED 546:
METHODS OF PRACTICUM LOW INCIDENCE, 3 S.H.

SPED 567:
SEMINAR ON ABA, 3 S.H.

SPED 580:
SPECIAL READING INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

 

SPED/REHB Elective (3 credits)

Total: 30 credits

 

Intervention Specialist Program

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences has created a program designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners with disabilities, at risk for disabilities, and those with reading disabilities. The Intervention Specialist program at Clarion University is designed to prepare a new professional for the Commonwealth's schools. The program combines special education, special reading education, as well as mathematics content knowledge, to ensure that individuals with special learning needs and diverse abilities are entitled to a free, appropriate quality education utilizing specialized teaching receive it at all age levels. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree, a M.S. degree in special education and be prepared to sit for the Praxis II certification examination for special education as well as reading specialist certification. Individuals would also be entitled to a mathematics endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Individuals wishing to become enrolled in this program must understand that teaching experience is required before entering the graduate portion of the program, therefore, the program requires at the undergraduate level, more than 600 hours of supervised practicum experience as well as completing all requirments for special education certification including passing the Praxis II examination. As per PDE requirement, no certification can be awarded individually; the requirements for both must be completed in the prescribed order.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Intervention Specialist Concentration (33 credits)

SPED 501:
FOUNDATIONS FOR LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 S.H.

SPED 502:
CURRICULUM DESIGN AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 S.H.

SPED 503:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 S.H.

SPED 504:
TEACHING EMERGENT AND DEVELOPING EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 S.H.

SPED 506:
TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL ADOLESCENTS WITH READING PROBLEMS, 3 S.H.

SPED 507:
WRITTEN AND VISUAL EXPRESSION FOR EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 S.H.

SPED 508:
PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR: DELIVERING EVIDENCE-BASED INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

ED 520 OR REHB 520:
RESEARCH COMPONENT, 3 S.H.

ED 547:
READING PROGRAM ORIENTATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND SUPERVISION, 3 S.H.

SPED 509:
INTERVENTION SPECIALIST STUDENT TEACHING, 6 S.H.

 

UNDERGRADUATE COMPONENT

Special Education Certification Core (33 credits)

SPED 128:
HIGH INCIDENCE EXCEPTIONALITIES, 3 S.H.

SPED 129:
LOW INCIDENCE EXCEPTIONALITIES, 3 S.H.

SPED 245:
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, 3 S.H.

SPED 350:
SEMINAR: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN SPED, 2 S.H.

SPED 381:
SPECIAL READING AND WRITTEN INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

SPED 462:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT, 3 S.H.

SPED 472:
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, 3 S.H.

SPED 482:
SPECIAL MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

SPED 422:
SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM ADMINISTRATION, 3 S.H.

SPED 444:
METHODS AND PRACTICUM–HIGH INCIDENCE, 3 S.H.

SPED 446:
METHODS AND PRACTICUM–LOW INCIDENCE, 3 S.H.

SPED 411:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT PRACTICUM, 1 S.H.

 

Student Teaching (6 credits)

SPED 450:
STUDENT TEACHING, 6 credits

 

Mathematics Required Related Electives (12 credits)

This area is designed with the advisor to select courses to enable students to have enhanced mathematics content knowledge. These credits will be beyond the six credits of the MATH 111/211 requirement. MATH 110-MATH 480, excluding MATH 010, 050, 290, and 390 are acceptable credits for this requirement.

 

Interevention Specialist Core (21 credits)

SPED 211:
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

SPED 230:
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES, 3 S.H.

COOP 378:
CO-OP/LEARNING DISABILITIES, 3 S.H.

SPED 492:
SPECIAL MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION II, 3 S.H.

SPED 442:
DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION, 3 S.H.

ENG 459:
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION ACROSS CULTURES, 3 S.H.

SPED 432:
SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES, 3 S.H.

Total: 120 credits

 

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

This degree is listed as an intermediate degree between the masters and doctorate, and is described as promoting in-depth understanding of the profession, providing advanced preparation for those who have demonstrated the capacity to be leaders in the field, as a degree to enhance the practicing professional, and to prepare entry-level post-secondary faculty. This degree program would range from 33-39 credits of coursework beyond the master's degree depending upon the track of study or endorsement area(s) identified by he student. This program creates an expanding career path for educational professionals. There are several benefits to having an education specialist degree:

  • Salaries for individuals with this degree tend to be higher than for a master's-prepared individual.

  • Individuals with this degree are more marketable with significantly increased job options, including administrative and central office positions.

  • Individuals with a specialist degree have a discrete set of specialized skills in theory, practice, policies, and procedures, making them more attractive in the job market.

 

Candidates for the Ed.S. degree include post master's professionals who are seeking a planned and structured program of advanced study including: teachers, reading specialists, administrators, counselors, and other types of education or even human services personnel. The program is flexible to accommodate the needs of post-masters degree students who wish to assume leadership roles in schools and agencies that provide special education and related services to children, youth, and adults who hae disabilities, special needs, or who are gifted.

 

 


 

 

Admission

Clarion University's general graduate admissions requirements apply as well as the following:

  • Students seeking admission must hold a bachelor's degree and master's degree from an acceptably accredited institution

  • Hold current teacher certification or other certification or license related to the discipline of special education or be involved with school/service oriented programs for those with disabilities, special needs, who are gifted

  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller's Analogy Test

  • Three professional/faculty recommendations related to the field

 

 


 

 

Degree Requirements

In addition to the generla requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies at Clarion University, students shall meet the following requirements:

  • Students must complete a planned course of study approved by their advisor including a minimum of 33-39 credits

  • Since this is a program of advanced study, students will complete either a thesis option or a field-based special project

  • Students are required to select either the special education generalist preparation or select from one of the endorsement areas of study listed below in addition to the education specialist core courses.

 

ENDORSEMENT AREAS

Gifted Education (9 credits)

SPED 514:
INTRODUCTION TO GIFTED EDUCATION, 3 credits

SPED 539:
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING IN GIFTED EDUCATION, 3 credits

SPED 597:
COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION: IMPROVED TEACHING AND LEARNING OUTCOMES, 3 credits

 

Reading for Exceptional Students (12 credits)

SPED 501:
FOUNDATIONS FOR LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 credits

SPED 503:
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR EXCEPTIONAL READERS, 3 credits

SPED 504:
TEACHING EMERGENT AND DEVELOPING EXCEPTIONAL ADOLESCENTS WITH READING PROBLEMS, 3 credits

SPED 506:
TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL ADOLESCENTS WITH READING PROBLEMS, 3 credits


Transition from School to Adult Life (9 credits)

REHB 537:
LIFE STYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT, 3 credits

REHB 567:
SEMINAR ON REHABILITATION SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEMS, 3 credits

SPED 571:
COMMUNITY ADJUSTMENT AND TRANSITION, 3 credits

 

Endorsement Areas: Graduate students may take up to nine credits (one endorsement area, except for reading), without being admitted to the program.

 

Ed.S. IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Required Core (24-30 credits)

ED 520:
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, 3 credits

SPED 696:
CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION PRACTICES AND DIRECTIONS, 3 credits

SPED 620:
ROLE DEVELOPMENT WITH FAMILIES, 3 credits

SPED 632:
POLICY AND PRACTICE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

SPED 635:
ADVANCED METHODS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, 3 credits

SPED 636:
ADVANCED METHODS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, 3 credits

SPED 637:
SEMINAR IN SINGLE-SUBJECT RESEARCH AND DEIGN, 3 credits

SPED 690:
SPECIAL PROJECTS, 3 credits

OR

SPED 700:
THESIS, 6 credits total

 

Students could elect to take a generalist special education option as opposed to an endorsement are from above. Students who choose this option will design their course of study with their advisor delineating specific career goals. Courses for selection include (minimum of six credits):

SPED 505:
CONCEPTS OF INTELLIGENCE, 3 credits

SPED 530:
LEARNING DISORDERS, 3 credits

SPED 540:
BEHAVIOR DISORDERS, 3 credits

SPED 562:
SERVICE LEARNING, 3 credits

SPED 567:
SEMINAR IN ADVANCED APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, 3 credits

SPED/CSD 575:
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION, 3 credits

No 400-level courses taken for graduate credit will be accepted for this degree.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICE COURSES FOR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION MAJORS
(Students not seeking special education certification)

For Secondary Majors

SPED 418:
EXCEPTIONALITIES IN THE CLASSROOM

SPED 441:
TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM

SPED 442:
DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION IN INTRUSIVE SETTINGS

*SPED 418 is the prerequisite for the other two corses.
*Either SPED 418 or BOTH SPED 128 and 129 are prerequisites for SPED 442.

 

For Mid-level and Early Childhood Majors

SPED 418:
EXCEPTIONALITIES IN THE CLASSROOM

SPED 442:
DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION IN INTRUSIVE SETTINGS

SPED 443:
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF ACADEMIC AND LEARNING PROBLEMS

**SPED 418 is the prerequisite for SPED 443.
**Either SPED 418 or BOTH SPED 128 and 129 are prerequisites for SPED 442.

 


 

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences regularly awards a number of graduate assistantships. Assistantships in special education and rehabilitative sciences serve a variety of purposes. Graduate assistants (GAs) assist the professors in developing course materials and resources; carrying out literature searches; and supervising and assisting undergraduates in the computer lab. Graduate assistantships not only provide unique experiences within the field, but also are an opportunity for the student to pursue advanced training with financial support.


Applicants for a graduate assistantship must have completed all program application requirements and have been admitted in full standing to the program. A separate GA application must then be submitted to the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences. All applications for GAs should be submitted as early as possible to ensure consideration for the following academic year.


Note: Graduate students who are completing a student teaching requirement as a part of state certification requirements or other internship or apprenticeship may not hold a graduate assistantship during the semester of their student teaching.




Physical Facilities

The Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences is housed in the Special Education Center on the Clarion Campus. In addition to the modern classrooms, an array of instructional support technology is available.


In addition to the numerous computer labs across the campus, there is a computer lab in Stevens Hall and another in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Sciences. In the lab, students have access to a variety of instructional and management software along with IBM and MAC hardware and adaptive communication devices for computer and stand-alone devices. Students have access to mainframe computer support through the campus systems.


The department maintains ongoing cooperative relations with numerous school districts, Intermediate Units, and rehabilitation programs in the region, all of which are available to assist in providing a wide array of field opportunities.

 


 

Release of Data from M.S., M.Ed., Ed.S. Thesis–Publication Policy

In accordance with professional ethics, any information from master's research should be published or otherwise released only in conjunction with the student's advisor. Publications resulting from research done at Clarion University shall give appropriate credit to persons involved in the research, to Clarion University, and to any granting agencies which supported the research.