NCU Catalog - October 2020 
    
    Sep 17, 2021  
NCU Catalog - October 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Special Education Specialization, MEd


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Master of Education


Description of Program


The MEd program is designed for students focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for advance practice and leadership roles within diverse fields such as PK-12 education, higher education, and adult learning environments. In this program, you will critically analyze a broad range of theories, trends, practices, and knowledge specific to your areas of interest represented in a distinct specialization. Your specialization prepares you for making informed, ethical decisions and improvements to current educational, organizational, and societal issues.

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Learning Outcomes


  • Apply instructional design practices and technology options to lead and educate diverse groups
  • Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and community issues
  • Explain educational theories, research, and practices to diverse audiences
  • Recommend solutions to ethical dilemmas in diverse educational and organizational settings
  • Integrate professional standards into practice for leading and educating diverse groups

Basis for Admissions


Admission to an NCU master’s program requires a conferred bachelor’s and/or a conferred master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution

Degree Requirements


Graduates of the NCU MEd program must complete 30 credit hours. Students will select a discipline-specific specialization of their interest, which complements the core coursework. The MEd program includes 9 credit hours of foundational courses. The foundational courses are taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree to form and strengthen fundamental skills. The next 18 credit hours in the program encapsulate a specialization aligned with a student’s career goals and interests. Specialization courses must be appropriate to the student’s degree program. Students end the program with a 3 credit-hour capstone course. Students who are considering any degree program are strongly encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.

The MEd degree program has the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
  • Successful completion of any PK-12 core course signature assignments with a “B” or better
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Education for graduate course work completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

Time to Completion


NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 21 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence


The Master of Education program can be completed in 30 credits.

Special Education (SE) Specialization


This specialization prepares educators to address the needs of students with disabilities and gifted abilities by preparing such students to develop, implement and assess specially designed curriculum. Attention is given to teaching methods and strategies that illustrate an advocacy for these student groups. The specialization can be customized to meet the student’s unique professional and personal goals, and allows the student to concentrate their coursework on the advanced and the disabled student, or select a single focus.

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