Appalachian State University

Cratis D. Williams Graduate School

Special Education


John E. Thomas Student Services Building

P.O. Box 32068

Boone, NC 28608

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Special Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Master of Arts in Special Education: (with Concentration in Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation), Learning Disabilities, and/or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders) Students completing the Master of Arts in Special Education will: Adopt and model knowledge, skills, and attitudes of inquiry throughout professional careers, including advanced understanding of student's differences, effective translation of research and theory into practice, self-direction of professional growth, and engagement in collaborative leadership. At the conclusion of the program, graduates will have gained the skills and knowledge to do the following: Respond effectively to students' differences by: Respecting differences influenced by diversity and development Demonstrating advanced knowledge of typical learners and learners with special needs at the elementary and secondary levels Creating a classroom environment in which all students feel welcome, safe, and successful Promoting respect and acceptance of all students in classroom, school, and community Responding effectively to students' individual academic, social, emotional, and physical needs Demonstrate advanced knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy appropriate to elementary and secondary students with special needs by: Demonstrating knowledge of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (K-12), as well as other curriculum appropriate for students with special needs (e.g., social skills, vocational, tasks of daily living) Helping students develop language and literacy competencies across the curriculum Assisting students to acquire knowledge and skills through effective assessment, instruction, and modification Demonstrating advanced knowledge of pedagogical knowledge and skills including modification of instructional materials and curriculum for students with special needs Planning for and effectively managing behavior in schools and other settings. Direct personal and professional growth as educators by: Taking responsibility for learning Setting and striving to meet personal and professional goals Initiating and engaging in professional inquiry (e.g., action research) with colleagues, parents, students, and other professionals for mutual growth Adopting and modeling knowledge, skills, and attitudes of inquiry throughout professional careers Critically reading professional literature and translating research and theory into practice Participate voluntarily in personal and professional development (e.g., participating in professional and parent organizations, conducting research, participating in conferences). Demonstrate collaborative leadership in education by: Asking for and sharing successful instructional strategies, modifications and adaptations, and behavioral interventions with professionals, parents, and students Sharing responsibility for students' education with parents and students Participating in decision making for classroom, school, and district issues Participating actively as leaders in solving educational problems (e.g., school committees, state task forces, and committees in professional organizations) Mentoring and collaborating with colleagues, administrators, parents, and students to enhance teaching/learning, and to solve educational problems For information about our off campus locations see our website.


Appalachian State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accreditation agency. National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 39

In State Tuition (per year): 6557 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 18369 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Town

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