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Special Education

Program Description

The Special Education graduate programs offer doctoral specializations, master's degrees, and graduate certificates including teacher education and licensure coursework. The programs provide professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of children with special needs. The licensure curricula are based on the standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and meet the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education. Other areas of study include applied behavior analysis and assistive technology. The applied behavior analysis certificate is based on the standard of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.

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Farewell to Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri at CEC

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It was a grand farewell in a hotel ballroom in Philadelphia last week when the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) hosted a 2014 tribute by researchers, Read more...

SEMINAR: “DS Connect – The Down Syndrome Registry”

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Come and learn everything you need to know about the recently launched NIH Down Syndrome Registry on April 30, 2014.


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Assistive Technology Programs Now Online

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This Fall, the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program launched the Assistive Technology concentration and certificate in a fully online format.


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Special Education Professor Izen Utilizes Support Network for Innovative Online Instruction

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Dr. Izen utilized various support networks at Mason to become an expert in online teaching including a design partnership with an instructional designer to develop a fully online course.


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New website for families who have children with disabilities

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The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs.


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