Program Benefits

Transforming Professional Educators into Responsive Teachers, Effective Collaborators, Action Researchers and Instructional Leaders in Inclusion Classrooms

Currently Under Revision

This program is being revised to conform to recent certification changes made by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for further information.

Price School of Education Mission Statement

The mission of all teacher preparation programs at Reinhardt University is to produce reflective, problem-solving teachers who respond to the diversity of student needs through differentiated instruction driven by ongoing assessment and adjustments within a nurturing environment.

Program Goals

In support of the Price School of Education Mission, the Master of Education Program in Special Education will address:   

  • Effective Instruction in Inclusion Classrooms: Candidates will continue to develop their instructional and assessment skills to the Master Teacher level.  They will be able to implement a wide range of instruction and assessment strategies for students with special needs.
  • Teachers as Collaborators: Candidates will be able to effectively collaborate with other educators as well as parents, service providers, and other community agency personnel to address all students' academic, social, and emotional needs.
  • Teachers as Action Researchers: Candidates will analyze critical learning issues in the classroom, study current research addressing these issues, implement strategies focused on the issues and determine the strategies' effectiveness.  They will share the results of their action research studies with colleagues so that effective instruction is promoted throughout their school district.
  • Teachers as Leaders: Candidates will work as leaders and collaborators in the professional community to improve programs and practices for children with special needs and their families. They will reflect on and use their abilities and opportunities to think strategically, build consensus, create change and influence better outcomes for children, families and the profession.

The Master of Education in Special Education program will promote:

  • Data driven action research progressing developmentally from the teacher's classroom, continuing with colleagues, and extending to the building and/or organizational level
  • An appropriate blend of theoretical and practical experiences focused on the PSOE DATA Model and curriculum design, differentiated instruction and ongoing assessment impacting student learning
  • Collaborative support of participants (from local school administration and university faculty) as they explore how to glean insight into students’ backgrounds to provide proven strategies, respond to student diversity of culture, language, disability, and ethnicity and engage in action research aligned with school improvement goals
  • Opportunities to take various leadership roles within the local school and/or organizational level
  • An emphasis on and integration of cultural competence, applied action research, data driven decision making, content study, critical reflection and problem-based learning
  • A Spring 2014 Capstone Experience to provide opportunities for candidates to reflect on and demonstrate their professional growth as an accomplished teacher in inclusion classrooms, superior collaborator, action researcher, and instructional leader.

For information on the Master of Education in Special Education, M.Ed./SPED, curriculum, click on the links below: