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What can I do with a concentration in Special Education?Students in Admin Mall

The M.Ed. in C&I with a concentration in Special Education is designed for professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of special education programs and practices. It will allow you to become a leader in the field of special education or special education administration.

What are some interesting courses I’ll be taking while in the program?

  • Introduction to Exceptional Learners – In this course, you’ll learn how to recognize and understand the legal rights of students with disabilities, how to write and implement effective IEPs, how to provide appropriate services to individuals with disabilities, and how to participate appropriately in ARD meetings.
  • Behavioral Management in Special Education Environments – In this course, you’ll explore functional assessment of behavior, development of behavioral intervention plans, strategies for teaching appropriate behavior, crisis management strategies, and integrating behavior management with instructional programs in schools, communities, and home settings.
  • Educational Media & Technology – In this course, you’ll examine and utilize Web 2.0 technologies for their appropriate applications for a variety of educational settings.

*See the Admissions Requirements for complete course requirements.

How much will it cost?Students in class

Students at Tarleton enjoy one of the lowest tuition and fee rates in the state of Texas. A 3-hour graduate course costs approximately $873*.

*Cost is subject to change, and varies by location and modality. For example, a 3-hour course in Fort Worth costs approximately $731. A 3-hour online course costs approximately $851.

How long will it take?

Students have the flexibility to finish the degree in as little as 18 months, or as long as six years.

What are the course formats?

In an effort to provide flexibility for our students, we have designed online, hybrid, and face-to-face course offerings for you to choose from while in the program.

  • Student studying at TSU Military MemorialFully online courses do not have face-to-face meetings, and instead all course work is completed in the Blackboard learning management system.
  • Hybrid courses may have anywhere from four to eight face-to-face meetings, with online content provided in Blackboard in between. All face-to-face sessions are offered on nights and/or weekends for convenience.
  • Finally, traditional face-to-face courses meet every week, and may or may not have online components.

How will advising work while I’m in the program?

Once you’ve applied to graduate school and are admitted, your concentration advisor will mentor you through your course enrollment, answer questions you may have about course options, locations and modalities (online, hybrid, or face-to-face), and assist you in developing a committee to guide you through your capstone project.

Why choose Tarleton?

Earning your graduate degree from Tarleton means you will have engaged with knowledgeable and respected faculty who present meaningful and relevant content, and formed long-lasting relationships with peers to broaden your skill-sets and expand opportunities in your career. Simply put, a degree from Tarleton is not just a piece of paper; it means you’ve expanded your horizons to become a leader in the field of Education.

What other resources can I use to get started and find out more?Students in computer lab