Special Education Specialization

Sharpen the focus of your online degree program with a specialization in Special Education. The specialization in Special Education was created to address the needs of an increasingly diverse student population, including many students identified with special education needs. Learn more about the Special Education Specialization at Ashford University. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Special Education Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Open up education to all students. Select the four (4), three (3) credit courses of the Special Education specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to support the needs of exceptional students in school programs. The Special Education specialization allows you to respond to students' diverse abilities and styles as you provide equitable learning. You will learn classroom management, as well as how to identify disabilities and special abilities.

Program Disclosures

Degrees Offering the Special Education Specialization

Graduate Special Education Specialization Courses

EDU 647 Families, Communities & Diversity

3 Credits

This course will focus on establishing relationships and partnerships within families and community of diverse cultures. Specific strategies in developing programs promoting cultural competence within families and communities will be explored. Students will analyze available family and community resources within their community in promoting and supporting cultural diversity.

ESE 603 Law & Ethics in Special Education

3 Credits

Law & Ethics in Special Education explores the fundamental civil and legal principals and pivotal legislation that contribute to the placement, instruction, service delivery, and privacy issues of those who have a qualifying disability under federal laws. Learners will identify critical issues that may lead to ethical and legal conflicts of interdisciplinary team participants as well as proactive strategies for resolution. Furthermore, the course offers multiple opportunities for analysis of personal biases regarding professional ethics and practice standards. Prerequisite: ESE 601.

ESE 610 Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities

3 Credits

Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities provides a comprehensive examination of the assessment and evaluation cycle employed within the special education process. During this course, learners will distinguish the special educator’s role within the multidisciplinary assessment process including how the evaluative data drives the planning and development of an individualized program. Additionally, the mandatory safeguards that assure ethical evaluation and assessment practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or native language are examined.

ESE 634 Education-Based Collaborative Relationships

3 Credits

This course focuses on collaboration strategies for special educators in the school environment who work with other professionals, services providers, and families of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Emphasis is placed on educators who provide academic support for various service delivery models. Communication, teamwork, and strategies for dealing effectively with conflict are emphasized. Prerequisite: ESE 601.