Education (M.A.) Special Education
Basic Degree Information/Description:
The Master of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education is designed for individuals seeking initial, additional or advanced preparation as educators, counselors, and other professionals in serving individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. The program is intended to offer students the opportunity to acquire theoretical understanding and classroom/clinical experiences in order to develop and apply effective instructional, habilitation skills and therapeutic practices for working with individuals with disabilities and their families. Graduates of the program go on to, or continue their careers in serving children, youth, and adults with intellectual, scholastic, social, and behavioral disabilities as teachers, supervisors, and administrators in public and private education and service agencies. Applicants who hold a valid Texas teaching certificate may obtain a teaching certificate endorsement in Special Education as a part of their program of study.
Why pursue an M.A. in Education - Special Education?
The graduate program in special education offers several choices. We have a certification route for those individuals seeking special education certification. This route leads to certification and the Master's degree. We also have two areas of study for the Master's Degree, low incidence disabilities and high incidence disabilities. The low incidence disability area focuses on disabilities that occur less frequently, such as severe mental retardation and autism. The high incidence disability area focuses on the disability categories of learning disabilities and emotional disturbance.
Hours required for degree dependent upon Certification Option.
For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Admission pre-requisites: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
Graduate Studies Application: Yes
Department Application: No
Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
Test Scores: If GPA is less than a 3.0 on the last 60 hours a GRE may be required
Resume or CV: No
Letters of Recommendation: No
Statement of Purpose: No
Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.
Application Deadline Dates
Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 1
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1
Graduate Advisor of Record: Erin Doran
Degree Website: http://education.utsa.edu/prospective_students/masters/
Contact the Graduate School: Contact now for more information.
Degree Catalog Link: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COEHD/iltdept.html#maespe
Career Options Available for a M.A in Education - Special Education Graduate:
There are several career options for students in our academic program. Some students become teachers, other work at private facilities for student with severe disabilities. Graduates have also been employed at the state hospital. Many graduates become special education supervisors for their campus or school.
Course Scheduling and Offerings:
Courses are offered at night once a week for three hours Monday-Thursday in the fall or spring. Or, during the day two hours a day Monday through Friday in the four-week summer sessions. In addition, some courses are available at night meeting Monday through Friday for three weeks in the May-mester.
This program is housed on the UTSA Main Campus.
Research taking place in the M.A in Education - Special Education program:
Current research focuses on using technology to promote achievement for students with disabilities.
Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis:
UTSA has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for a course sequence in applied behavior analysis (ABA). As part of the MA/EDU/SPE program, this specialization prepares highly qualified individuals to educate children and youth with autistic and other challenging behaviors in school, home, and community settings. For more information, contact Dr. Lee Mason.