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University of Saint Joseph    
 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Course Catalog

Special Education M.A.


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The graduate programs in Special Education are designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking to enhance their teaching and to effectively meet the needs of at-risk and exceptional learners in the general education classroom.

Degree requirements

The student will:

  • Be a critical thinker and effective problem solver who is concerned with the social, emotional and intellectual issues of all children and adolescents in contemporary educational settings
  • Apply advanced pedagogy in curriculum, instruction and assessment to engage all students in reaching their potential as people and as learners
  • Develop the capacity to influence and advance positive change for students, professionals, and the profession in a complex global society

Acceptance requirements

  1. Graduate admission application and nonrefundable admission fee
  2. A conferred bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  4. Two sealed official transcripts of all undergraduate work and an unofficial transcript of any prior graduate work
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the candidate's suitability as a prospective teacher or to work with children and families, accompanied by the Graduate School's cover form on the University website.
    Note: Recommendations must be from individuals who are not family members, personal friends or members of the USJ School of Education, one should be from an immediate supervisor
  6. Immunization record using the Graduate School form on the University website
  7. A planned program of study developed by the candidate and the faculty advisor, approved by the department chair

Continuation requirements

Candidates must earn a grade of B or better in their first attempt in their first two classes to remain in the program. For continuous progression throughout the program candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Courses receiving a grade below B may be retaken once.

Exit requirements

Eligible candidates for the Master of Arts degree take a comprehensive exam in March or July. The application for the Comprehensive Exam is available from the School of Education. It is the candidate's responsibility to obtain his/her faculty advisor's signature and to submit the application to the office manager of the School of Education by the due date.

Comprehensive exam

All students must pass a written comprehensive examination after having completed all of Special Education courses and 100% of their planned program.

Required core courses (12 credits)


Electives (18 credits)


12 credits must be in Special Education.

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