M.S. Special Education Courses

WGU Nevada offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a capstone project. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required. Each course contains a study guide and recommended learning resources for you to use. Your assigned mentor will help guide you through the process.

For ease of understanding, WGU Nevada has assigned competency units to each of its courses as indicated below. A competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU Nevada terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 8 to 9 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU Nevada is equivalent to a letter grade of “B" or better.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more information about these courses.

As a graduation requirement, all students in the M.S. Special Education (K-12) program must pass the Praxis® Subject Assessment Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications exam (test code 0543) at their own expense.

CourseCompetency Units
Introduction to Special Education, Law and Legal Issues, Policies and Procedures3
Psychoeducational Assessment Practices and IEP Development/Implementation3
Behavioral Management and Intervention3
Instructional Models and Design, Supervision and Culturally Responsive Teaching2
Foundations of Instructional Design2
Issues in Instructional Design2
Instructional Design Production2
Research Foundations2
Research Questions and Literature Review2
Research Design and Analysis2
Research Proposals2
MS SPED Teacher Work Sample6

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