Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12 (Master of Science in Education)

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year in fall, spring, and summer. 

Application Materials Required for the MSE in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12

Applicants for a master’s degree education program must submit all of the following documentation to Graduate Admissions to be considered for admission:

Graduate Admissions
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama, 36265-1602

  1. Completed JSU Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Non-refundable $35.00 application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities with degrees posted. (Students who have previously attended JSU do not need to request a transcript from the university.) 
  4. Valid Bachelor’s-level professional educator certificate in any teaching field. All certificate(s) must be valid throughout the program and at graduation.
  5. Background check1. Any candidate applying for admission to a state approved teacher education program shall be required to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama State Department of Education to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Applicants should contact Cogent Systems for directions in completing this process.
  6. International student applicants must see the International Student Applicants section of this catalog for other application and enrollment requirements.

Admission Requirements for the MSE in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12

Applicants are admitted on a selective basis upon review of the completed application package. With departmental approval, applicants may be permitted to enroll for one semester of graduate coursework while completing application requirements. Applicants must achieve unconditional admission within one semester. 

Requirements for the MSE in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12

An overall 3.25 GPA is required on all coursework attempted for the master’s degree. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA to the required 3.25.

Students pursuing the Master of Science in Education degree may not count 400-level graduate courses toward the degree. All coursework for the Master of Science in Education must be taken at the 500-level. 

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
EED 550Diversity in Today's Classroom3
EFD 500Research in Education3
SPE 509Data Analysis K-123
SPE 520Technology for SPE3
SPE 570Action Research in SPE3
Teaching Field Requirements
RDG 530Methods and Materials for Reading: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Setting3
SPE 525Collaborative Math Strategies3
SPE 527Methods and Materials Severe Disabilities K-123
SPE 528Methods and Materials Mild Disabilities K-123
SPE 533Applied Behavior Analysis in SPE3
Practicum if Required 10-6
Practicum in Collaborative Special Education K-6
Practicum in Collaborative Special Education 6-12
Diversity Requirement 20-3
Survey Course in Special Education
Additional Coursework 30-6
Methods and Strategies for Learning and Behavior
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Aspects of SPE
Total Hours30-45

 30-45 Graduate Semester Hours Required for this Degree

Graduation and Comprehensive Exam

No comprehensive exam is required for this degree. All students must apply for graduation by the given deadline of the semester in which they plan to graduate. Please see the Graduation and Comprehensive Exam section of this catalog for more information.

Completion of this program leads to eligibility for Master’s-level professional educator certification in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6/6-12.

Please Note: Teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education and are, therefore, subject to periodic revision resulting from changes in State certification requirements. Subsequently, modifications in students’ programs may become necessary. Students in all graduate level teacher education programs must schedule their coursework each semester with approval of their faculty advisors.

Alabama Class A Professional Educator Certification Requirements

Issuance of Alabama professional educator certificates is the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Universities cannot issue a professional certificate. To be eligible to apply for certification, a student must complete an appropriate program of study at a college or university which has been approved by the State Board of Education to offer a program leading to the desired certificate. When a student completes the program of study, the institution recommends to the State Department of Education that the appropriate certificate be issued.

  1. Students who hold a current certificate in a field other than Special Education Collaborative Teacher must pass the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment prior to certification application for the Class A certificate in Special Education Collaborative Teacher.
  2. Alabama State Department of Education regulations are subject to change; therefore, it is recommended that students apply for certification upon graduation. During their last semester of coursework, students should contact Teacher Education Services, 207 Ramona Wood Hall, for information about this process. The university cannot recommend any student for certification who has not satisfied all state and university requirements for admission to and completion of an approved program. Please see the Alabama Certification Instructions on the Teacher Education Services website.
  3. Students certified in states other than Alabama who wish to apply for master’s level certification in Alabama upon completion of the master’s degree must apply for Alabama certification on the undergraduate level prior to applying for the master’s level certification. Students must be eligible for undergraduate certification in the teaching field(s) in which master’s level certification is sought. Earning a master’s degree at JSU does not automatically entitle a student to an Alabama certificate without first holding the appropriate undergraduate certificate.
  4. Recommendation for certification must be made within 60 months of program completion. Recommendation after 60 months requires completion of a current program.