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 (pending MN BOT approval), and/or Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities K–12; or complete the basic program sequence. Bethel offers the core courses of the program and the ABS concentration in a traditional face-to-face cohort model on the main campus, as well as a hybrid option (most courses online with a few face-to-face sessions). ASD, DD (pending MN BOT approval), and EBD concentrations are offered in the hybrid format.

Bethel Core Courses
EDUC614Educational Research 11
EDUC755Preparing the Thesis/Action Research Project 11
EDUC790Writing the Thesis/Action Research Project 13
SPED655Classroom-Based Assessment3
SPED670Assessment Clinical Field Experience1
Minnesota Board of Teaching Special Education Core
SPED605Introduction to Special Education1
SPED610Norm-Referenced Assessment3
SPED618Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED620Reading Foundations3
SPED621Reading Field Experience1
SPED625Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED675Consultation, Collaboration & Resources2
Select one concentration from the Concentrations tab11-16
Total Credits36-41
1

 Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.

 

Concentration in Academic Behavioral Strategist

SPED600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2
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 Credits15-16

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
SPED608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2
SPED631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
Total Credits11
1

 Course must be taken for credit at Bethel.