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Special Education Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts or the K-12 Certificate program in Special Education, the candidates will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in:

Learner Development/Individual Learning Differences

Special education professionals understand how disabilities may interact with development and learning and use this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning experiences for students with disabilities. 

Learning Environments

Special education professionals create safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environments so that students with disabilities become active and effective learners and develop emotional well-being, positive social interactions, and self-determination.

Curricular Content Knowledge

Special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for students with disabilities. 


Special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions. 

Instructional Planning and Strategies

Special education professionals select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance learning of students with disabilities. 

Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

Special education professionals use foundational knowledge of the field and their professional ethical principles and practice standards to inform special education practice, to engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.


Special education professionals collaborate with families, other educators, related service providers, students with disabilities, and personnel from community agencies in culturally responsive ways to address the needs of students with disabilities across a range of learning experiences.

-Council for Exceptional Children Learner Outcomes (7th Edition)


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