Department of Special Education
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Degree Program: Special EducationDegree: Master of Arts (M.A.)Program Code: MA-SPCDLicensure Preparation: Special Education (Pre K-12)
Department: Special EducationProgram: Special Education
The Special Education Program at the, University of New Mexico (UNM), offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (MA) to qualified students. The MA student may choose from two concentrations: Concentration I, Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners (which includes intellectual disability, severe disabilities, autism, severe psychiatric disabilities, intensive communication needs, cultural and linguistic diversity, and inclusive education); and Concentration II, Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners (which includes learning disabilities, emotional & behavioral disorders, bilingual/multicultural, and secondary transition). The degree program can also lead to teacher licensure in special education if the student requests that option early in the program.
Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners:
The MA Program in Special Education Concentration I: Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities-Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners is guided by the vision that all children and adults with disabilities will be valued members of their communities, including their communities of learners. We believe people with intellectual and/or severe disabilities should have meaningful participation in all aspects of life. They should have choices and access to options that allow them to create for themselves personally satisfying lives. They should be supported in their choices to engage in all activities appropriate to their ages and should participate in diverse and inclusive educational environments. Therefore, all people should have the right to participate in an educational system that enhances human rights and provides educational opportunities to students and that does not systematically institutionalize or segregate individuals.
To this end, the faculty of Concentration I enhance and support these opportunities through actively collaborating with people with intellectual disability and other disabilities, their families and friends, teachers, and other professionals within the College of Education, UNM, and the community. The UNM Special Education Concentration in Intellectual Disability and Severe Disabilities provides leadership in:
The Concentration also provides a forum in which current challenges surrounding a wide range of diversities and exceptionalities, especially those that lead to stigmatization, exclusion, and oppression, may be explored.
Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners:
The MA Program in Special Education Concentration II: Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners is structured around nationally prominent specialization areas. These areas remain in the forefront of the field because their associated issues, principles, and strategies continue to hold compelling interest for students, families, educators, and policymakers. These specialization areas address major exceptionalities as well as critical needs that cross exceptionalities:
The faculty of the concentration in Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners strongly advocate their vision to model and inspire passionate, just and compassionate responsiveness to the diverse strengths and needs of children and adults with learning and behavioral exceptionalities. The Program of Study in Concentration II embraces exceptionality issues and broad special education competencies that teachers of these students need to acquire, including collaboration skills and transition planning.
Summer & Fall Admission:February 28Spring Admission: September 30
Applications accepted at other times; these are priority deadlines.
Susan Copeland, Ph.D.Special Education Program CoordinatorHokona Hall 258505-277-0628 (phone)email@example.com
Suzie McCalmant-GarciaSpecial Education Graduate Programs Coordinator505-277-5018 (phone)firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrea N. WinslowDepartment Administrator-A2Special Education-COE505-277-6915 (phone)email@example.com
COEHS Administration: (505) 277-2231
Center for Student Success: (505) 277-3190 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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