Master of Education with Special Education Concentration

Master of Education with Special Education Concentration

The Louisiana Christian University Master of Education Degree program is the most affordable online degree of its kind in the state and can be completed in just 18 months. The program is 100% online and courses are taught by doctoral professors, who are experts in their field!

We make our degrees affordable by:

  • offering a highly competitive, private, Christian education at or below state school prices at $412 a credit hour.
  • Making TEACH grants available! Call the Financial Aid office at 318-487-7719 to see if you’re eligible for the federal TEACH grant which covers much of the cost of this degree.

This 36-hour M.Ed. degree program is available for candidates who:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on all previously completed coursework (undergraduate and graduate).

Add-on SPED certification courses for Mild to Moderate 1 – 5, 4 – 8, and 6 – 12 are also offered for candidates who already have a minimum level 1 teaching licenses. (See plan of study at the end of this document.)

 

ALL students must apply online at https://my.lacollege.edu/ICS/Admissions/Graduate/ for acceptance to the Graduate School MEd program. Assistance with the application process and all other inquiries about this graduate program should be made directly to LCU School of Education by emailing education@lacollege.edu or by calling the School of Education at 318-487-7307.

“LCU’s TEACH/MAT program is the sole reason my career in education continued after my first year of teaching. The support received from the professors, mentors and administration is by far the best I ever received as a student.  My experience progressed from the TEACH program to the MAT and then the M.Ed. I would not trade my LCU experience for any other educational experience.”

Jason Lachica Overall – Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Winner

M.Ed. with Special Education Concentration

Plan of Study

Course Number Course Title Course Credit Semester offered
Foundational Courses (12 hours)
ED 600 Ed. Leadership Research3offered Fall/Spring (take at end of program)
ED 601 Teaching with Significance3offered all semesters
ED 702 Curriculum and Instruction3offered Fall
ED 703 Philosophy of Education3offered Spring
SPED Courses (12 hours)
ED 503 (1-5 only) Advanced Topics: Reading and Literacy3offered Spring
ED 552 Instructional Practices in Special Education3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 553 (6-12 only) Self-Determination and Transition3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 555 Collaborative Teaching3offered in the Spring
ED 591 Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities3offered in the Fall
SPED Electives (choose 12 hours)
Required for SPED Certification
ED 675Behavior Support and Intervention (in development)3offered in the Summer 2023
ED 590Fundamentals of Instructional Technology (in development)3offered in the Summer 2023
Other Electives
ED 710Culture, Diversity, and Educational Philosophies3offered in the Spring
ED 715Data Driven School Leadership3offered in the Fall
ED 720The School, Community, and Social Issues3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 725School Management: Finance and Personnel3offered in the Spring
ED 727Current Issues Facing School Leaders3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 730Professional Ethics and School Law3offered in the Fall
ED 750School Leadership6offered in the Fall
TOTAL Credits Required for Certification36

Transfer Courses

A Request for Transfer Credit Form and official transcripts of transfer work must be filed with the LCU School of Education before courses can be approved. Up to 9 hours of transfer credit can be accepted with approval from the School of Education.

Program Completion

  • Complete all coursework with no more than two Cs on transcript.
  • Candidate must apply for graduation one calendar year before expected graduation date.
  • To earn SPED add-on certification, you must take appropriate SPED Praxis exams and apply for certification with the Louisiana State Department of Education upon completion. (Not necessary for graduation.)

Add-on SPED Certification for Mild to Moderate Grades 1 – 5 Plan of Study

Course Number Course Title Course Credit Semester offered
ED 503 Advanced Topics: Reading and Literacy (or equivalent reading/literacy course in Level 1 coursework)3offered Spring
ED 552 Instructional Practices in Special Education3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 555 Collaborative Teaching3offered in the Spring
ED 591 Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities3offered in the Fall
ED 675Behavior Support and Intervention (in development) (or equivalent course in Level 1 coursework)3offered in Spring 2023
ED 590 Instructional Use of Computers (in development) (or equivalent course in Level 1 coursework)3offered in the Summer 2023

*Must also complete required SPED Praxis Exams for certification.

Add-on SPED Certification for Mild to Moderate Grades 4 – 8, and 6 – 12 Plan of Study

Course Number Course Title Course Credit Semester offered
ED 552 Instructional Practices in Special Education3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 553 (6-12 only) Self-Determination and Transition3offered in the Summer June Term
ED 555 Collaborative Teaching3offered in the Spring
ED 591 Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities3offered in the Fall
ED 675 Behavior Support and Intervention (in development) (or equivalent course in Level 1 coursework)3offered in the Spring 2023
ED 590 Fundamentals of Instructional Technology (in development) (or equivalent course in Level 1 coursework)3offered in the Summer 2023

*Must also complete required SPED Praxis Exams for certification.

ALL students must apply online at https://my.lacollege.edu/ICS/Admissions/Graduate/ for acceptance to the Graduate School MEd program. Assistance with the application process and all other inquiries about this graduate program should be made directly to LCU School of Education by emailing education@lacollege.edu or by calling the School of Education at 318-487-7307.