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Special Education

The Special Education programs at UAS prepare teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The programs focus on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities.


The Special Education programs at UAS accommodate a broad spectrum of students from those candidates who do not currently have a teaching certificate but are preparing to become teachers (B.A. and M.A.T.)  and those already in the profession that wish to enhance their credentials (M.Ed. and Certificate). 

 
Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through e-learning (online and via audio conference). The e-learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.



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Bachelor of Arts: Special Education

Bachelor degree programs are designed to prepare students for employment, or graduate school, in their chosen field.

Typically a bachelor degree program is 120 credits (four years).

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the M.A.T. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Program Requirements36
EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDS605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Advanced Educational Psychology 
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3
Exit Criteria
  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification

Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

The M.A.T. in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the M.A.T. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

The M.A.T. in Special Education program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings and in the summer, and all courses are offered online and/or via audio conference. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their graduate studies.

Minimum Credit Hours39
Foundational Courses9
ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Program Requirements36
EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDS605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Advanced Educational Psychology 
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3
Exit Criteria
  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification
  4. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification

Master of Education: Special Education

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours33
Foundation3
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
Program Requirements30
EDSES605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessing of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language & Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES692Special Education Seminar3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
EDSES698Master’s Research Project3
Select one from the following (3 credits):
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS631Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDETS628Technology in Instructional Design3
EDMAS608Mathematical Problem Solving: An Overview for K-8 Teachers3
EDRES678Literature and Reading: Supporting Readers3
EDRES679Reading and Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSES609Classroom Management & Child Guidance in Early Childhood3
____S___Approved Instructor Elective3

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00 or higher
  3. An approved Master's Research Project

Special Education Graduate Certificate

Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Required Courses24
Foundation3
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
Certificate Requirements
EDSES605Early Childhood Special Education3
EDSES610Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES612Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES622Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES677Language and Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSES685Transition Considerations for Secondary Students with Disabilities3
EDSES694Special Education Practicum3
EDSES695Professional and Ethical Practice3
Exit Requirements
  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 3.00
  3. An approved Special Education Portfolio

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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EDSE Classes: Fall - 2014


Use of assessment information in making eligibility, program, and placement decisions for individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; basic terminology used in assessment; administration and interpretation of nonbiased formal and informal assessments; screening, pre-referral, referral, and classification procedures; use and limitations of assessment instruments.

Prerequisite: EDSE S482.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79699JD1Heather Batchelder
DISTAUDIO
Thursday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Audio call: 1800-570-3591 pin 7727884. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Evidence-based strategies to individualize instruction for students with low-incidence disabilities; the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs for students with intensive needs. Emphasizes functional academics and self-help skills.

Prerequisite: EDSE S482.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79700JD1Jill Burkert
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Models, theories, laws, and philosophies that form the basis for special education practice. Characteristics and educational implications of various exceptionalities; models of consultation and collaboration between general and special educators; strategies for supporting students with exceptional learning needs in inclusive settings.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79701JD1Susan Andrews
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:30p - 8:30p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Postings and on-line discussions will be through the course site. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Use of assessment information in designing language and literacy instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; evidence-based strategies to teach accuracy, fluency, and comprehension in content area reading and written language; alternative and augmentative communication systems.

Prerequisite: EDSE S482.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79702JD1Susan Andrews
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. For more information call 1-907-796-6533. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Models and strategies of consultation and collaboration; the roles of individuals with exceptional learning needs, their families, and school and community personnel in planning Individualized Education Programs; culturally responsive factors that promote effective communication and collaboration with indiciduals with exceptional learning needs, families, school personnel, and community members.

Prerequisite: EDSE S482.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79847JD1Heather Batchelder
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79848JD1Jill Burkert
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Audio call: 1800-570-3591 pin 7797550. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6355.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Field-based experiences in diverse school settings and affiliated programs designing and implementing instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs under the guidance of experienced special educators and university faculty.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79849J01Jill Burkert
ARR
9/2 - 12/13

Choose this course if your student teaching supervisor is in Juneau. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $678 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79850JD1Jill Burkert
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Choose this course if your student teaching supervisor must travel by plane to supervise you. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1248 (additional charges may apply)

Candidates use the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Education Standards, UAS School of Education Goals, and Alaska Teacher Standards to engage in systematic reflection on their work with individuals with exceptional learning needs.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Must be taken concurrently with EDSE S494 or ED S452.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79851JD1Shawn Bernard Bernard
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Postings and on-line discussions will be through the course site. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $648 (additional charges may apply)

Guidance and management practices based on multiple aspects of typical and atypical child development; current research and theories of child development; using developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families; techniques to support trust building and promote healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children with and without exceptional learning needs. 25 hours lab required. Grade of B or better required for degree program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79703JD1Susan Andrews
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Postings and on-line discussions will be through the course site. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Use of assessment information in making eligibility, program, and placement decisions for individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; basic terminology used in assessment; administration, and interpretation of nonbiased formal and informal assessments; screening, pre-referral, referral, and classification procedures; use and limitations of assessment instruments. Requires Internet access.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79704JD1Heather Batchelder
DISTAUDIO
Monday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: For M. Ed. in Special Education and Special Education Graduate Certificate candidates only. Audio call: 1800-570-3591 pin 7797550. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. or call 1-800-325-3252. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6424 or 1-866-465-6424 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79705JD2Heather Batchelder
DISTAUDIO
Thursday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: For MAT in Special Education candidates only. Audio call: 1800-570-3591 pin 7727884. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Evidence-based strategies to individualize instruction for students with low incidence disabilities; the development and implementation of Individual Education Programs for students with intensive needs. Emphasizes functional academics and self-help skills. Requires Internet access.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79707JD2Jill Burkert
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Special Education program students only Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. For more information call 1-907-796-6533. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Use of assessment information in designing language and literacy instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs, including those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; evidence-based strategies to teach accuracy, fluency, and comprehension in content area reading and written language; alternative and augmentative communication systems. Requires Internet access.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79708JD1Susan Andrews
DISTELIVE
Thursday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Special Education program students only and Special Education Graduate Certificate candidates only. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79710JD1Jill Burkert
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Audio: call 1-800-570-3591, pin 7776118. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail and DVD. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call 907-796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Field-based experiences in diverse school settings and affiliated programs designing and implementing instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs under the guidance of experienced special educators and university faculty. Internet access required.

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in special education, and advisor or instructor approval. Must be taken concurrently with EDSE 695.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79711J01Jill Burkert
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Choose this course if your student teaching supervisor is in Juneau. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1275 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79712JD1Jill Burkert
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Choose this course if your student teaching supervisor must travel by plane to supervise you. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call (907) 796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1845 (additional charges may apply)

Candidates use the Exceptional Children (CEC) Special Education Standards, UAS School of Education Goals, and Alaska Teacher Standards to engage in systematic reflection on their work with individuals with exceptional learning needs. Internet access required.

Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in special education, and advisor or instructor approval. Must be taken concurrently with EDSE 694.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79713JD1Jill Burkert
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: For M.Ed Special Education and Graduate Certificate students only. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. If unfamiliar in using Elluminate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. For more information call 1-907-796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
81351JD2Shawn Bernard Bernard
DISTELIVE
Monday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: For MAT Special Education students only. Course delivered synchronously through online web meeting sessions via Blackboard Collaborate. Requires access to a computer with High Speed Internet and e-mail. If unfamiliar in using Collaborate, contact the Help desk at 1-877-465-6400 or www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk prior to the start of class for a tutorial. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at bookstore.mbsdirect.net/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call 1-907-796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80924JD1Jill Burkert
DISTAUDIO
Thursday
5:30p - 8:00p
9/2 - 12/13

Audio: call 1-800-570-3591, pin 7797550. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail. Access this course from UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. For more information call 907-796-6533.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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