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Special Education

University of Wyoming
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Program description

Special Education

The special education programs are designed to prepare teachers to work with students with varied learning and behavior needs. Students may choose from one of two programs: a master of arts in education with an option in special education or a special education endorsement program leading to eligibility for K-12 special education generalist endorsement through the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board. Additionally, a Special Education Director Endorsement Program is available as well. Students who complete the coursework will receive a certificate in Special Education.

Admission requirements

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Special Education application form
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional Writing Sample
  • Current resume
  • Copy of current Wyoming teaching certificate
  • Signed Memo of Understanding
  • International, non-native English speaking applicants: TOEFL scores of at least 80 for the online exam (with at least 20 on each subset) or 6.5 on the IELTS (minimum of 6 in each subset; scores must be within at least two years

In order to be considered for admission, all applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.000 on 4.000 scale

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Curricular Content Knowledge. Special education professionals use knowledge of general and specialized curricula to individualize learning for students with disabilities.
  4. Assessment. Special education professionals use multiple methods of assessment and data sources in making educational decisions.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Collaboration. 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.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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1000E University Avenue
82071 Laramie

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