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Education: Special Education

Education: Special Education

The Master of Education degree includes specialization areas in Administration and Supervision, Secondary Education, Reading, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), and Special Education. The M.Ed. degree is designed for certified teachers seeking advanced knowledge of teaching and learning in a specific area. Students seeking teacher certification should obtain a Guam Commission on Educator Certification (GCEC) teacher certification evaluation before developing a program of study. Students completing the Administration and Supervision degree will be able to apply for certification in that field from the GCEC.

Students should contact an advisor for information about the program in which they are interested.



The School of Education offers a Master of Education program with five (5) areas of specialization, all of which are designed to prepare students for advanced roles in the field of Education:

  1. Administration and Supervision (36 credits)
  2. Reading (36 credits or 45 credits thesis/special project option)
  3. Secondary Education (36 credits)
  4. Special Education (36 credits)
  5. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): (36 credits)

Option A: Thesis / Special Project
Option B: Non-Thesis


Applicants must meet all University requirements stated in the Academic regulations of this catalog, including:

  1. A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours
  2. Submit an Electronic Portfolio on LiveText to the Admission Committee to include the following:
      1. an essay, between 300-500 words, of accomplishments, interests, and goals relating to education.
      2. three School of Education dispositions rubrics to be completed by two School of Education faculty and one current/former employer or school site administrator or master teacher.
  3. 3. A completed Form-A

Contact the School of Education Dean’s Office for more information.


Maintain 3.0 GPA for all coursework in the M.Ed. program. The School of Education is responsible for the academic advisement of its graduate students. Candidates are required to maintain an online, electronic portfolio. The portfolio will be used as a basis for assessment and advisement throughout the graduate studies experience and will be closely monitored at major decision points such as admission to candidacy, midpoint, and exit. All candidates must pass the PRAXIS II in their content area with a passing score approved for licensure on Guam. Current requirements (May 11, 2010) may be found at the Guam Commission for Educator Certification website http://www.gcec.guam.gov.


Students wishing to complete a Double Major in two areas of Education may do so by completing the following requirements:

  1. Core Courses: 6 or 9 credits.
  2. Two Areas of Specialization Coursework.
    Note: Elective courses may be taken in second area of specialization.
  3. PRAXIS II covering both areas of specialization.
  4. Thesis or Special Project option (6 credits) to include both areas.

Students electing to Double Major will receive one degree with both areas of study listed on the transcript.


Definitions and descriptions of the scope and format for Special Project and Thesis requirements appear in the Degree Requirements of this Bulletin. A student in consultation with his or her advisor will decide upon which requirement will best meet student and program goals.


The School of Education offers a Masters Degree in Special Education specifically for practicing educators who want to work with special needs children.



Students wishing to be admitted to this specialization must have an earned baccalaureate degree. As this is a professional degree, students must be employed as full-time teachers or administrators during the course of study. The program chair must approve the program of study (Form A) prior to the start of the program.



The graduate special education program is offered using the Cohort System. A maximum of 15 practicing teachers and administrators may join one of three Cohorts each year (June, August and January). There are 6 Terms each year – Term 1&2 (Fall Semester 2-8 week sessions), Terms 3&4 (Spring Semester 2-8 week sessions) and Term 5&6 (Summer Sessions 2-4 week sessions). Classes are generally held on weekends in the fall and spring, and all day on weekdays during the summer. Students should meet requirements for GCEC Special Education Certification (K-12) and the Master of Education in six terms (12 months).

All students seeking teaching certification must pass the PRAXIS I, PRAXIS II – PLT (level determined by student) and PRAXIS II (0354-Special Education) examinations as required by GCEC. Those students seeking the Master of Education must pass the PRAXIS II (0354-Special Education) examination with a minimum score of 160, and complete the NCATE approved Electronic Portfolio to meet the Comprehensive Examination requirements.

This certification program has been designed to meet the needs of teachers certified in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education, however, it will also assist those without the basic education degree or certification in obtaining the GCEC Special Education Certification (K-12). Additional coursework and internship may be required depending on the applicants background. Students seeking teacher certification should obtain a GCEC Teacher Certification Evaluation before developing a program of study. While many courses will meet GCEC certification requirements, the completion of this degree does not guarantee such certification.



Core Course: (9 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED600 Issues and Philosophies in Culturally Diverse Schools 3
ED601 Introduction to Research Methods 3
ED602, or Qualitative Inquiry in Education, or 3, or
ED603 Quantitative Analysis 3


Electives: (6 credit hours)

Graduate Level course from any college with the approval of program faculty


Area of Specialization: (15 credit hours)

Students will develop their area of specialization as they develop their Form-A with the approval of program coordinator


Research Track Thesis or Special Project: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED691 Overview Seminar 3
ED690, or Special Project, or 3, or
ED695 Thesis 3


Professional Certification Track
Non Thesis Option
Core Course: (6 credit hours)
Credit Hours
ED600 Issues and Philosophies in Culturally Diverse Schools OR 3
ED654 Multicultural Special Education AND 3
ED601 Introduction to Research 3


Electives: (6 credit hours)

Any 2 graduate courses with approval of the Program Coordinator.


Area of Specialization: (24 credit hours)

Eight Special Education courses as determined by the student with the approval of the Program Coordinator including ED698: Internship in Special Education and ED691: Overview Seminar (Capstone Seminar)


What careers are available to someone with a degree in Special Education?

  1. Interpreters
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Public Interest Advocates
  4. Public Interest Lawyers
  5. School Psychologists
  6. Special Education Teachers
  7. Teacher Assistants

Education: Special Education is a Graduate Degrees program in the School of Education