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In the Education Specialist (EdS) in Special Education program, education professionals prepare for leadership roles in school districts, communities, and the profession as a whole. Educators in this program will deepen their understanding of the critical trends and issues impacting special education today. They will learn how to collaborate effectively with families and school staff to enhance special education practice. Learners engage in real-world case studies that require collaborative problem solving and the implementation of research-based strategies.
This EdS curriculum is informed by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Preparation Standards. Key issues in the field of special education, such as leadership and policy, program development and assessment, collaboration, and ethical practice, are emphasized. Educators culminate the program with a capstone project that focuses on a real-world problem of practice in special education.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- Follow policies surrounding ethical and legal practices that support high quality education for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Apply valid, research-based assessment measures to facilitate learning and behavioral interventions for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Evaluate special education programs, including the integration of related services (e.g., assistive technology, behavioral intervention, transition, inclusion), for individuals with exceptionalities based upon an understanding of individual differences.
- Distinguish research-based strategies used to improve data decision making, supports, and services for individuals with diverse educational, behavioral, emotional, and cultural learning needs.
- Support the continuous improvement of education programs/supports/services for individuals with exceptionalities.
- Effectively communicate with stakeholders to improve outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
- Design a scholarly response to address a special education problem and contribute to the profession.
- 45 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research course (5 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification
This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.
The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.
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