The required curriculum for the M.A. in Special Education comprises a 37-42 credit sequence of courses. Students either complete the concentration in Academic Behavioral Strategist K–12; 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
EDUC 614Educational Research 11
EDUC 755Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project 11
EDUC 790Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project 13
SPED 618Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 655Classroom-Based Assessment3
SPED 670Special Education Assessment Field Experience1
Minnesota Board of Teaching Special Education Core
SPED 605Introduction to Special Education1
SPED 608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner3
SPED 610Norm-Referenced Assessment3
SPED 620Reading Foundations3
SPED 621Reading Field Experience1
SPED 625Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED 675Consultation, Collaboration & Resources2
Select one concentration from the Concentrations tab9-14
Total Credits37-42
 

Concentration in Academic Behavioral Strategist

SPED 600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED 641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
SPED 673ABS Field Experience1
SPED 780ABS: Student Teaching 13-4
or SPED 786 ABS: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

SPED 601Characteristics of ASD3
SPED 611Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment, Communication and Instructional Strategies3
SPED 612Planning, Instruction & Consultation for ASD3
SPED 671ASD Field Experience1
SPED 781ASD: Student Teaching 13-4
or SPED 787 ASD: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Developmental Disabilities

SPED 607Foundations of Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities/Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 615Instruction and Intervention for Students with Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 619Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities Across Systems3
SPED 674DD Field Experience1
SPED 779DD: Practicum 13-4
or SPED 784 DD: Student Teaching
Total Credits13-14

Concentration in Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

SPED 604Child & Adolescent Psychopathology3
SPED 613Intervention Strategies for Moderate to Severe Behavioral Disabilities3
SPED 641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
SPED 672EBD Field Experience1
SPED 783EBD: Student Teaching 13-4
or SPED 788 EBD: Practicum
Total Credits13-14

Basic Program Sequence

SPED 600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED 641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
Total Credits9