Trinity Western University

Master of Arts in Educational Studies - Special Education

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Teaching as a calling:

Ken Pudlas, Ed.D., Director of TWU's Master of Arts in Educational Studies – Special Education talks about the importance of equipping teachers with tools to help special needs children in the classroom.


Application Information

  • Classes start: July 4 – July 29 2016 (two sequential courses)
  • Application Deadline: Accepting Applications Now

Increasingly, part of a teacher’s responsibility is to create and nurture an inclusive classroom environment—one that enables all students, including those with special needs, to reach their potential.

However, many teachers lack the professional preparation to confidently create this type of classroom environment.

This program prepares you to meet a broad range of special educational needs resulting from students’ cognitive, social, and sensory differences— including those resulting from learning disabilities, emotional disorders, behavioural disorders, giftedness, and developmental delay.

Through the MAES-SPED program, you can:

  • Equip yourself to meet the increasingly diverse learning needs of your students
  • Become a leader and expert in special education in your school
  • Gain the qualifications to become a specialist administrator, such as a director of special needs
  • Prepare for a Ph.D. program (should take thesis option)
  • Enhance your professional development to be eligible for salary scale increases

A program designed for working professionals

The program combines condensed two-week summer classes with 12-week online classes in fall and spring—allowing you to continue your teaching employment throughout the program.

Program timeline

The MAES-SPED program is completed over the course of two years plus one additional summer. Third summer involves a capstone course followed by work on either a major project or thesis.

PREREQUISITES - 3-6 Semester Hours
Course No. Course Name S.H. Notes
EDUC/PSYC 310 Introduction to the Exceptional Child in the Classroom 3 Offered each semester. May be waived if sufficient experience.
EDUC/PSYC 412 Strategies for Teaching Exceptional Students 3 Offered alternate semesters. May be waived if sufficient experience.
Year 1 (July - April) - 12 Semester Hours
EDUC 504 Evaluating Statistics and Research 3 On campus.
EDUC 513 Current Issues and Research in Educating Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3 On campus
September - November
EDUC 516 Educating Students with Diverse Cognitive Needs 3 Online
February - April
EDUC 517 Educating Students with Diverse Emotional and Behavioural Needs 3 Online
Year 2 (July - April) - 16/17 Semester Hours
EDUC 514 Assessment of Students with Diverse Learning Needs 3 On campus
EDUC 601 Research Design 3 On campus
September - November
EDUC 515 Lab: Field Based Assessments and IEP Development 2 Online. Learners will require access to students in their educational ecology.
EDUC 602 Advanced Statistics 3 Online. Thesis students.
EDUC 698 Thesis 1 3 Thesis students
EDUC 519 Special Topics in Diversity 3 Online. Non-thesis students
EDUC 697 Major Project 2 Non-thesis students
Note – students may commence capstone project in the Fall term
EDUC 518 Educating Students with Diverse Sensory and Physical Abilities 3 Online
EDUC 697 Major project 2 Online. Non-thesis students.
EDUC 698 Thesis 1 3 Online. Thesis students
Completion - July (3 semester hours). Plus project/comps or thesis
EDUC 599 Ethical Issues in Diversity 3 On campus. All.
EDUC 603 Comprehensive Exam 2 On campus. Non-thesis students.
EDUC 697 Major Project 2 Non-thesis students
EDUC 699 Thesis II 3 Thesis students
  Total Semester Hours 35  
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