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    Jun 21, 2024  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA)


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Offered by the School of Education .

Admission to the Program


Students must meet the minimum university requirements for graduate study.

Degree Requirements


  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone Experience:
    • Licensure Specialization:
      • Option to waive credit hours: Students who are fulltime classroom teachers may be permitted to waive 3 credit hours of internship (EDU-792 Special Education: Learning Disabilities Student Teaching Seminar in Professional Practice (1-9) ) without replacement. The waiving of credit hours and the specific number of credit hours to be waived are determined and approved by the program director upon admission to the program
      • Completion of Praxis Core or equivalency exam set by the District of Columbia, preferably by end of first semester in program; consult program office for exam information 
      • Completion of Praxis Content Knowledge Exam prior to graduation
    • Non-Licensure Specialization:
      • Option to waive credit hours: Students who are fulltime classroom teachers may be permitted to waive 3 credit hours of EDU-690 Independent Study Project in Education (1-6)  without replacement. The waiving of credit hours and the specific number of credit hours to be waived are determined and approved by the program director upon admission to the program
  • Specializations: Licensure; Non-Licensure

Course Requirements


Combined Bachelor’s Degree and Special Education: Learning Disabilities (MA)


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor’s/master’s programs:

  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in major and minor courses
  • Students seeking the combined BA/MA option must complete both degrees on-campus

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