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Master’s Plus Certification Program (MPCP) in Exceptional Children and Youth

Program Coordinator: Laura Eisenman (eisenman@udel.edu)

The MPCP track within the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth is only for individuals who have never been certified as a teacher. The MPCP requires:

  1. Full-time enrollment in a 2-year graduate program of academic courses, including two summers.
    1. Employment in a public school in Delaware as a para-educator in a classroom serving children with disabilities in year one.
    2. Employment in a public school in Delaware as a teacher serving children with disabilities in year two.
  2. Upon completion of the program, agree to teach in a Delaware public school classroom that serves children with disabilities for an additional two years.

MPCP students must complete coursework to fulfill the traditional master’s degree and related certification requirements in their chosen concentration.

Background Course Requirements

During their first summer in the program students in the MPCP may need to complete additional coursework listed below as prerequisite courses, depending upon their previous educational background and coursework.

  • EDUC 697: Education of Exceptional Children
  • EDUC 753: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Introduction

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • EDUC 623: Applied Human Development in the Schools
  • EDUC 754: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Elementary (elementary special education) or EDUC 674: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Secondary (secondary special education) or EDUC 625: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Autism/Severe (autism/severe disabilities)
  • EDUC 680: Educational Evaluation: Exceptional Children and Youth
  • EDUC 681: Techniques for Behavior Change and Positive Behavior Support
  • EDUC 682: Special Issues in Special Education
  • EDUC 745: Collaborative Teaming in Special Education

Concentrations (15 credits)

Students in the MPCP must choose a concentration of autism/severe disabilities, elementary special education, or secondary special education.

Autism/Severe Disabilities

  • EDUC 624: Introduction to Autism and Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC 626: Functional Communication for Individuals with Autism and Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC 655: Assistive Technology: Autism/Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC 669: Engagement in the General Curriculum with Students with Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC 673: School-to-Adult Life Transitions and Disability

Elementary Special Education

  • EDUC 653: Assistive Technology: High Incidence Disabilities
  • EDUC 658: Discipline and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 673: School-to-Adult Life Transitions and Disability
  • EDUC 679: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Advanced
  • EDUC 757: Teaching Reading: Adol. Spec. Ed.

Secondary Special Education

  • EDUC 653: Computer-Assisted Instruction in Remedial/Special Education
  • EDUC 658: Discipline and Classroom Management
  • EDUC 673: Transitions from Secondary Spec. Ed.
  • EDUC 679: Special Education Instruction and Curriculum: Advanced
  • EDUC 757: Diagnosis and Instruction in Literacy: Grades 4-12

Sample Schedules

Exit Requirement

During the fall and spring semesters of the second year of study, MPCP students will complete classroom-based projects as part of EDUC 750 Internship and a final performance assessment as required by the state.

Praxis II Requirement

All students in this track are required to show evidence of having taken a state-designated content area knowledge and a special education knowledge test, such as Praxis II. Students should take the content knowledge test no later than the end of their first year in the program. The special education knowledge test should be completed at the beginning of the second year in the program. These tests are considered exit requirements.

Student Teaching Requirement

All students must complete a supervised student teaching experience in order to be eligible for certification. Students complete this requirement by registering for an additional 6 credits of EDUC 750: Graduate Teaching Internship-MPCP during their second year in the program.

Application Information

Please see this web page for information on applying to the M.Ed. in Exceptional Children and Youth program.

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