Special Education

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This specialization consists of 11 courses in a 30 semester hour specialization that prepares the teacher or administrator to be a competent leader in special education roles. This specialization provides practical, hands-on learning experiences in teaching and leading in a distinctively Christian manner. Coursework focuses on specific strategies for assessing and addressing learning and behavioral difficulties of various types. Courses and field hours provide experience in developing instructional strategies, inclusion opportunities, behavior interventions, and working with professionals and parents to maximize learning opportunities for children. Optional courses in Applied Behavior Analysis may be added to qualify for the BCBA certification exam.


Students may start the program during any term. Most M.Ed. students choose a two or three year plan of study during which they continue to work as a full-time educator. Contact us for a plan that fits your pace and starting point!

M.ED. COURSES IN Special Education (30 CREDITS)

  • EDUC 501 - Issues in Education (3 credits, summer, fall, spring)
  • EDUC 502 - Learner Development and Principles of Learning (3 credits, summer, spring)
  • EDUC 505 - Foundations of Special Education (3 credits, summer, fall, spring)
  • EDUC 511 - Assessment of Learning Difficulties (3 credits, fall even)
  • EDUC 512 - Advanced Behavioral and Social Interventions for Exceptional Children (3 credits, summer odd)
  • EDUC 513 - Instructional Decisions (3 credits, spring even)
  • EDUC 514 - Transition Support and Collaborative Partnerships (3 credits, fall odd)
  • EDUC 522 - Advanced Pedagogies for Teaching Literacy (1.5 credits, summer odd)
  • EDUC 523 - Advanced Pedagogies for Teaching Math (1.5 credits, summer odd)
  • SPED 611- Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits, fall odd)
  • SPED 613- Experimental Design and Interpretation of Data (3 credits, summer even)

Licensure Endorsements

Students who are interested in adding a special education teaching endorsement to their Iowa teaching license may contact grad@dordt.edu for more information. Endorsement options include:

K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (260) 
5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate (261) 
K-12 Instructional Strategist II: Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities (263)

First-time applicants for an Iowa teaching license will need to complete the Requirements for Institutional Recommendation for Licensure as noted in the university catalog.