The Department of Special Education
The Department of Special Education at Jackson State University offers programs on the Bachelors (B.S.), Masters (M.S.Ed.) and Specialist (Ed.S.) level. The crux of each program is the preparation of competent, insightful, and innovative educators who are committed to meeting the needs of children with disabilities, divergent learners, and their families.
Special Education Teaching: Mild/Moderate (B.S.)
This program is designed to prepare certified educators who are equipped with skills and dispositions imperative to the educational advancement and optimal quality of life for children and youth with disabilities. Candidates are exposed to rigorous courses bolstered by research-based content, varied field-based practica, state of the art technology, and high quality culturally responsive instruction.
Special Education Non-Teaching: Disability Studies (B.S.)
This multidisciplinary academic program promotes a deep understanding of disability from cultural, social, historical, legal, political, and educational perspectives. The mission of this program is to prepare candidates to assume positions as researchers, administrators, advocates, service providers, and policy makers in a multitude of settings including government agencies, rehabilitation centers, vocational settings, and independent living situations.
Special Education (M.S.Ed.)
This program of advanced study is designed to enhance the skill sets of certified educators (Candidates in this program must hold an A certification). Emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of the increasingly diverse student population and their families in urban settings. Candidates are required to exhibit mastery in the areas of evidence-based instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, collaborative consultation, technology-based instruction, and inclusive practices.
Special Education (Ed.S.)
This program is available to educators certified at the Master’s level and who seek to develop their skills as educational leaders in research, teaching, and service (Candidates in this program must hold AA certification). Candidates are exposed to a rigorous curriculum that addresses current issues and trends in the field of special education. The culminating hallmark of this program is a project or thesis that address a critical disability related subject. In accordance, candidates are required to exhibit stellar research and writing skills.