Major in Teaching: Interdisciplinary

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Master of Science in Education with a Major in Teaching: Interdisciplinary

  • Interdisciplinary * (general, various concentrations)
    • Reading Specialist K-12 starting Spring 2018 (endorsement option available)
    • Special Education (endorsement option)
    • Advanced Special Education (endorsement option)
    • Gifted and Talented (endorsement option - online)
    • Reading Specialist K-12
  • Interdisciplinary – English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement only - online
  • Interdisciplinary - School Library Information Specialist

Master of Science in Education with a Major in Teaching: Interdisciplinary


The Interdisciplinary option is available for those students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Interdisciplinary offers a variety of concentrations that can lead to a teaching endorsement (for those with a license) or highly specialized subject areas designed to further your career within an educational setting. Must have credit in Human Learning 325 or equivalent or take Teacher Education 712 in the first semester that the course is offered after enrollment.


Students electing the Interdisciplinary Option select Special Education, Reading, or a discipline outside of the Department of Educational Studies for study (includes courses from several disciplines within one department). (NOTE: Educational Leadership and Counseling disciplines are not available; however, other Educational Studies disciplines may be available with prior approval from Graduate Coordinator/designee from the College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, as approved by CEHBS Graduate Committee.) Eighteen hours of subject area electives are decided upon in consultation with the student’s adviser from the differing discipline/department and the Graduate Coordinator/designee from the College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences. No more than three hours of 500-level subject area electives may be applied toward a degree. A minimum of six hours of 700-level subject area electives must be taken. Only six semester hours of workshop credit may be applied toward a degree.


Individuals may choose to 18 hours in one of the following content areas within the Interdisciplinary option. Students should meet with the graduate coordinator/designee to develop a “plan of study” prior to enrolling in coursework.


Interdisciplinary Concentration Options


Advanced Special Education (online & on-campus)

Course Number Course Title Number of Hours
SPED 710 Advanced Practicum (as needed) 6 hrs
SPED 712 Research in Single Case Design (LD, CC, DD, or EBD) (as needed) 3 hrs
SPED 720 Language Dev. Disorders School Age Child (Summer - even) 3 hrs
SPED 730 Current Topics in Special Education (Summer - odd) 3 hrs
SPED 740 Advanced Methods in LD, CC, DD, or EBD (as needed) 3 hrs


Note: Individuals interested in this interdisciplinary option must degree seeking and already be licensed to teach special education and have taught in the Special Education classroom for at least one year. Students must select an emphasis in one of the following areas: Cross Categorical Mild Disabilities, Learning Disabilities or Emotionally Disturbed.


Reading Specialist K-12

Course Number Course Title Number of Hours
LIBS 652 Books & Non-Print Materials for Adolescents & Adults (Spring)
(LIBS 651 Children’s Literature would be used if student has taken
LIBS 452 at the undergraduate level)
3 hrs
READ 700 Foundations of Reading (Fall, Spring)(incl. 1 hr. practicum) 3 hrs
READ 710 Advanced Reading Diagnosis & Corrective Reading (Spring)
(incl. 1 hr. practicum)
3 hrs
READ 720 Research Based Teaching for Teaching Reading and Language Arts (Fall)
(incl. 1 hr. practicum)
3 hrs
READ 730 Reading as a Neurolinguistic Process (Summer) 3 hrs
READ 740 Practicum in Reading (Fall) 3 hrs


READ 700 (or equivalent) is the prereq for the other reading courses listed above. READ 710 is the prereq for READ 740.


Note: The coursework listed above is designed to give individuals the necessary content to add on the Reading Specialist K-12 endorsement once all required Praxis exams are passed. Additionally, three years of successful experience as a licensed teacher are required for licensure upon completion of the concentration hours.


Special Education (Endorsement – online & on-campus)

Course Number Course Title Number of Hours
SPED 617 Clinical Field Experience (Fall) 3 hrs
SPED 633 Adv. Methods for Teaching Students with High Incidence Exceptionalities (Spr) 3 hrs
SPED 634 Reading and Mathematics for Students with Exceptionalities (Fall) 3 hrs
SPED 635 Special Education Assessment and Procedures (Fall) 3 hrs
SPED 640 Integrating Children with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Classroom (Summer) 3 hrs
SPED 660 Behavior Interventions (Fall) 3 hrs
SPED 710 Advanced Practicum (Fall) 6 hrs


Prereq for 617: SPED 300/500

Prereqs for 633: SPED 300/500

Prereqs for 634: SPED 300/500

Prereqs for 635: SPED 300/500 and SPED 640

Prereqs for 640: SPED 300/500 and TCED 730 or TCED 780

Prereqs for 660: SPED 300/500

Prereqs for 710: SPED 633 and 640, can take the place of SPED 660 and 635


Special Education Gifted and Talented (Endorsement - online)

Course Number Course Title Number of Hours
SPED 650 Characteristics and Needs of the Gifted/Talented (Fall) 3 hrs
SPED 651 Strategies and Programs for Teaching the Gifted/Talented (Spring) 3 hrs
SPED 652 Advanced Methods in Gifted Education (Summer – First Session) 3 hrs
SPED 653 Theories and Trends in Gifted Education (Summer – Second Session) 3 hrs
SPED 709 Practicum in Gifted Education (Fall) 3 hrs


Prereq for SPED 650: SPED 300/500

Prereqs for 651: SPED 300/500 and 450/650 or instructor’s approval

Prereqs for 652:SPED 450/650 and SPED 451/651

Prereqs for 653: SPED 300/500, 450/650 and SPED 451/651

Prereqs for 709: SPED 300/500, 450/650, 452/652, 453/653 or instructor’s approval



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