How Does the Program Work? To earn your Master of Education, you must complete a minimum of 33 hours in one of the concentrations listed below. If you are seeking teacher certification and have not completed an introduction to special education course, you may be required to complete an additional 3 hour course. All students, regardless of your concentration area, will complete 5 "core" courses. These courses provide all students with foundational concepts such as: basic framework of differentiated instruction in today's classrooms; cognitive psychology and its role on learning; the processes of using action research to improve instruction; applied instructional approaches to teaching students from diverse backgrounds; and, using differentiated instruction with students with disabilities. These 5 courses are intentionally composed of both general and special education teachers in order to provide practical activities to foster better collaborative relationships between educators. Upon completion of the "core", students will then select a specialized "concentration" area. Differentiated Instruction in Elementary Education The Differentiated Instruction in Elementary Education focuses equipping K-6 educators to work with diverse classrooms. It addresses using assessment to guide instruction, instructional strategies for English Language Learners, differentiated instruction in content areas (math, science, reading, and writing), and using emerging technology to meet the needs of students. All course activities can be connected to YOUR classroom throughout the program. For complete details, refer to the Degree Requirements to review the curriculum for the Differentiated Instruction in Elementary Education concentration. Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder The Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) focuses on developing competent educators to work with students with ASD in a variety of environments. It provides instruction in using assessment and behavioral applications and assistive technology to plan and support instruction, collaborating with other stakeholders, and transition planning. While ASD will be the primary focus of this program, the concepts learned in this program will prepare educators to work with most students with severe disabilities. For complete details, refer to the Degree Requirements to review the curriculum for the Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder concentration.