Special Education, Masters

The distance Master's program in special education at Texas A&M University is a 36 hour program that leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. This program will prepare educators to be leaders on their school campuses and expert teachers to effectively meet the needs of students with disabilities who are served in general education, special education, and community settings.

WHY CHOOSE TAMU SPECIAL EDUCATION?

The Special Education Program at TAMU was recently rated among the top twenty graduate programs in U.S. News and World Report's Best Graduate Schools. Students who choose to take coursework with the Special Education faculty at TAMU will learn from and work with nationally and internationally-recognized faculty members. These faculty members share a commitment to preparing educators to use scientifically-supported interventions, assessments, and practices; collaborate with family members and other professionals; meet the needs of diverse learners; and serve individuals at-risk and those with disabilities in a variety of settings.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS OPTION

Individuals who are interested in working with individuals with challenging behaviors or autism may be interested in the applied behavior analysis option. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®: SEFB 618, SPED 609, SPED 642, SPED 699, EPSY 630,  and SPED 602.    SPED 602 (Ethics)  will be required for anyone taking the BCBA exam beginning in 2014.  It will be tentaively offered at TAMU beginning in Summer 2014.  SPED 602 is not included in the Master's course sequence and will be an additional course for anyone seeking BCBA certification. 

The BACB® has also approved the following practicum sequence of courses (take three) toward the experience requirements for eligibility to take the BCBA® Examination: SEFB 430/431 (sections: 750, 751, and 752) or three sections of SEFB 630/631 (designated BCBA® sections; additional research courses may apply). Students may take all three during fall and/or spring semesters or or may take one of the three required sections in the summer. Applicants may need to meet additional requirements to qualify (see the BACB® website for more information of the certification process: www.bacb.com).

BCBA PRACTICUM UPDATE

Texas A&M University has made changes to policies and procedures that affect the ability of the Special Education program to provide distance supervision for practicum experiences related to the BCBA. We currently only provide supervision for students who are enrolled in BCBA coursework at TAMU and who work directly and locally with faculty in practicum experiences. This does not impact our ability to offer the BCBA coursework, which will continue to be offered online.
 

OUR MASTER'S PROGRAM AND ABA COURSEWORK AND TRANSCRIPTED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE ARE UP AND RUNNING this suspension only applies to our BCBA-approved practicum.

FORMAT OF ONLINE COURSES & HARDWARE & SOFTWARE YOU WILL NEED

Classes meet online in both synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (on-demand) formats. In other words, some of your courses will use live audio/video interactions, some will involve materials the professor uploads for your access when you choose, and some will use a combination of these formats. At a minimum, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access, an internet browser, video viewing software, a web cam, a microphone and speaker or a headset with a speaker, and access to a digital video recorder (most new computer laptops can be purchased with the camera, mic, speakers and recorders built in for a low cost).

Advisor

Kristie Stramaski

Senior Academic Advisor II
704 Harrington Tower
(979) 845-1833

Program Details
Degree Level: 
Graduate
Credit Hours: 
36
Program Delivery: 
Cohort-Model
Online

Faculty

Dr. Michael Benz

Professor
637C Harrington Tower
(979) 845-1372

Dr. Lisa Bowman-Perrott

Assistant Professor
647 Harrington Office Building
(979) 862-3879

Dr. Mack Burke

Dr. Mack Burke

Associate Professor
648 Harrington Office Building
979-845-4619

Dr. Constance Fournier

Clinical Professor
701F Harrington Office Building
(979) 458-1864

Accepting new doctoral students for 2014-2015.

Dr. Jennifer Ganz

Associate Professor
637G Harrington Office Building
(979) 862-2823

Dr. Yvonne Goddard

Assistant Professor
603 Harrington Office Building
(979) 862-2008

Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke

Associate Professor
652 Harrington Office Building
(979) 845-7423

Dr. Patricia Lynch

Clinical Professor
701A Harrington Office Building
(979) 845-9462

Dr. Mandy Rispoli

Assistant Professor
646 Harrington Office Building
(979) 862-1120

Dr. Deborah Simmons

Professor
637E Harrington Office Building
(979) 845-8050

Dr. Kimberly Vannest

Associate Professor
644 Harrington Tower
(979) 862-3881

Dr. Dalun Zhang

Professor
637D Harrington Tower
(979) 862-6514