Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master

  1. Junior status with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better;
  2. Admission to Teacher Education;
  3. For early childhood education students, completion of CFD 260 (Observing, Assessing, & Implementing Activities for Young Children);
  4. For special education students, completion of SPE 345 (Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students) and SPE 346 (Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students Lab);
  5. Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty of both the Special Education and Early Childhood Education under the accelerated master’s option.

Program Admission Procedure

In addition to the submission of the Graduate Application for Admission and application fee, the candidate must also submit the following materials.

  1. A letter of intent containing professional goals, future plans, background information, and professional experiences.
  2. Submission of two letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic abilities and potential.
  3. Completion of any required prerequisite courses or permission from the Graduate Director.
    • Students may transfer in no more than 6 credit hours that must be approved by the Graduate Director.
    • Students must complete a Program of Study with their advisor prior to completing 15 credit hours. Students and their advisor should monitor the online Degree Audit to ensure appropriate progress.

If accepted to the accelerated master’s program, up to 12 hours of course work may apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Mixed credit coursework varies by the undergraduate program.

Mixed Credit Courses for Early Childhood Education majors

Course Code

Course Title Credit Hours
CFD 660 Family Engagement 3 hrs
CFD 663 Admin. Of Programs for Children & Families 3 hrs
ECE 675 Working with Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Children & Families  3 hrs
SPE 623 Curriculum & Methods in ECSE  3 hrs
Mixed Credit Courses for Special Education majors

Course Code

Course Title Credit Hours
SPE 625 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders  3 hrs
SPE 660 Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals  3 hrs
SPE 618 Application of Applied Behavior Analysis & Intervention in Applied Settings  3 hrs
SPE 779 Application of Technology in Sp. Education Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities- Lab  3 hrs