Advanced Special Education


This area of emphasis is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of educators who already possess a degree and/or certification in special education. Educators select advanced, special education courses from a variety of specialized courses, which provide advanced knowledge, practical skills, and evidence-based practices.

The M.A.Ed. requires 36 credit hours (12 courses) and can be completed in 1-2 years depending on the number of courses taken each semester. Each course is held in an 8-week session, and each semester (fall, spring, summer) has 2 sessions. The Education Core courses are offered either online or face-to-face each semester. Face-to-face courses are held one day a week from 5:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the West Liberty University Highlands Center.

Education Core Courses (18 hours)


Each of these required courses are offered every semester.

  • EDUC 502 Professional Writing
  • EDUC 503 Technology Applications
  • EDUC 506 Motivation and the Development of Creativity
  • EDUC 512 Assessment and Analysis for Teaching – Learning
  • SPED 532 Historical Perspectives and Case Law
  • EDUC 581 Research and Capstone (must be taken during the last semester)

Area of Emphasis Courses (18 hours)


Select 6 of the following courses:

  • SPED 501 Autism I (summer I)
  • SPED 502 Autism II (summer III)
  • SPED 549 Collaborative Learning and Peer Tutoring in the Inclusive Classroom (spring II online)
  • SPED 566 Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports (spring I online)
  • SPED 574 Assistive Technology Evaluation and Implementation (summer III online)
  • SPED 575 Transition Services for Students with Disabilities (fall II online)
  • SPED 577 Response to Intervention (fall I online)
  • READ 562 Structured Literacy and Phonics (fall I)

To view the descriptions of the above courses, click on the current WLU Catalog and go to pages 204-206 and 213-214. Admitted students can view their degree plan in DegreeWorks by accessing WINS.

For more information, please contact the advisor for this area of emphasis:

Dr. Leann DiAndreth-Elkins
Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of M.A.Ed. Program
West Liberty University Highlands Center
Office Number 224
304-217-2800 ext. 3
[email protected]