Master of Education in Special Education
Graduates become classroom educators, autism specialists in public school settings or other related professions such as social work, healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation; coordinators or case managers of home-based family services; professional advocate or life skills coach; and coordinators or case managers of home-based practices in autism spectrum disorders.
Preparation in the identification of, and educational programming for, students with high-incidence disabilities; specifically, learning disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral disorders. Emphasis is on characteristics, academic and behavioral assessment, and academic and behavioral programming. Graduates are employed as master teachers, instructional/intervention specialists and community agency collaborators.
Learn to assess and diagnose the special learning needs of students using a variety of standardized assessments and curriculum based assessments; provide consultation and prevention and intervention strategies within an educational setting. Graduates are employed as Educational Diagnosticians or teachers who are qualified to address assessment issues in the classroom.
Master of Science in Educational Psychology
Gifted and Talented Education
Preparation for a variety of leadership roles in schools, including teachers of the gifted (if the student already holds a teaching certification), program coordinators, curriculum specialists, and state education agency directors. This degree prepares students to sit for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Gifted and Talented Supplemental Certificate.
Learning and Development
Examine growth and change across the lifespan such as physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Learn strategies for motivating individuals to acquire information, and examine learning across all contexts. Graduates seek careers in educational environments, federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community-based social service agencies, businesses and research institutions.
Family Policy and Program Administration
Preparation for a multitude of careers including cooperative extension workers serving family, youth, and communities; non-profit program coordinators and administrators for groups that serve individuals and families; program evaluators, child and family advocates and policy administrators in government, non-profit and private-sector organizations.
Research and Evaluation
Graduates work with public or private organizations as administrators evaluators, or institutional researchers. Learn to design evaluations, collect data to determine the efficacy of programs or initiatives, properly measure outcomes, evaluate and provide information to policy makers and stakeholders about funding, continuation of programs, using empirical data analysis and interpretation.