The required curriculum for the M.A. in Special Education comprises a 36–41 credit sequence of courses. Students either complete the concentration in Academic Behavioral Strategist K–12; or elect concentrations in Autism Spectrum Disorders B–21, Developmental Disabilities K–12, and/or Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities K–12; or complete the basic program sequence. Bethel offers each of the concentrations as a hybrid option (most courses online with a few face-to-face sessions), as well as a fully online option. 

Bethel Core Courses
EDUC614Educational Research 11
EDUC755Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project 11
EDUC790Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project 13
SPED618Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED655Classroom-Based Assessment3
SPED670Special Education Assessment Field Experience1
Minnesota Board of Teaching Special Education Core
SPED605Introduction to Special Education1
SPED608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2
SPED610Norm-Referenced Assessment3
SPED620Reading Foundations3
SPED621Reading Field Experience1
SPED625Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED675Consultation, Collaboration & Resources2
Select one concentration from the Concentrations tab9-14
Total Credits36-41
1

 Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.

 

Concentration in Academic Behavioral Strategist

SPED600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
SPED673ABS Field Experience1
SPED780Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist 13-4
or SPED786 ABS: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

SPED601Characteristics of ASD3
SPED611Evaluation, Communication and Intervention Strategies in ASD3
SPED612Planning, Instruction & Consultation for ASD3
SPED671Autism Field Experience1
SPED781ASD: Student Teaching 13-4
or SPED787 ASD: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Developmental Disabilities

SPED607Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED615Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED619Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED674DD Field Experience1
SPED779DD: Practicum 13-4
or SPED784 DD: Student Teaching
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

SPED604EBD: Child & Adolescent Psychopathology3
SPED613Interventions for Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities3
SPED641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
SPED672EBD Field Experience1
SPED783EBD: Student Teaching 13-4
or SPED788 EBD: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Basic Program Sequence

SPED600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
Total Credits9
1

 Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.

Sample Course Sequence

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Spring Semester. The example shows the Academic Behavioral Strategist concentration.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED621 Reading Field Experience1SPED608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2SPED625 Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED620 Reading Foundations3SPED605 Introduction to Special Education1SPED675 Consultation, Collaboration Resources2
 SPED670 Special Education Assessment Field Experience1 
 SPED610 Norm-Referenced Assessment3 
 SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3 
 4 10 5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED631 Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3EDUC755 Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project1
EDUC614 Educational Research1SPED780 Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist4EDUC790 Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project3
SPED673 ABS Field Experience1  
SPED600 Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3  
SPED641 Introduction to Behavioral Methods Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3  
 11 7 4
Total Credits: 41