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Special Education Concentration

DID YOU KNOW? Fontbonne University produces more K-12 cross categorical special education teachers than any other college or university in the state of Missouri.

Fontbonne University has a strong tradition of excellence in special education. Teachers committed to enhancing the learning of students with special needs will find opportunities to expand their own knowledge, skills and proficiency through courses, applied practices and research. Students in this program will also find topics of particular interest in their own practice through action research projects and directed readings. In an age where general education classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, the special education master’s program will give graduate candidates the tools necessary to meet the needs of students identified with specific learning difficulties.

Required Courses for the Special Education Concentration:

  • EDU 505 Introduction and Methods of Teaching Cross-Categorical Disabilities
  • EDU 520 Transition/Career Education for Students with Disabilities (2 credit hours)
  • EDU 528 Differentiated Instruction 
  • EDU 529 Enhancing Student Achievement Through Positive Behavioral Supports 
  • EDU 530 Understanding Diverse Learners 
  • EDU 535 Technology Integration for Students with Special Needs 
  • EDU 566 Language and Literacy for Students at Risk 
  • EDU 586 Studies in Disability and Exceptionality 
  • EDU 587 Directed Readings in Education and Disability (1–3 credit hours)
  • EDU 592 Assessment of Ability and Achievement 
  • EDU 595 Counseling Techniques 
  • EDU 596 Counseling and Collaboration with Diverse Populations

Special Education concentration: 12 credit hours

Required core: 11 credit hours

Electives: 9 credit hours

Program total: 32 credit hours


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