Mission and Vision
Mission of the MS in Special Education Program
MSU's Special Education Department: 1) provides exemplary learning experiences to preservice and inservice professionals; 2) provides technical assistance and service to schools, families, and other agencies; 3) disseminates current and relevant information to state and local agencies; and 4) conducts credible, practical research.
Vision Statement of the MS in Special Education Program
Students who complete one of MSU's special education programs will be reflective decision makers, who provide exemplary services to people with disabilities.
MSU students and faculty value all learners, respect their families, and hold these core beliefs:
- All people with disabilities deserve the respect, rights, and responsibilities afforded all people.
- All children and youth can learn AND have a right to be in school learning with their peers as often as possible.
- Special Education professionals help students and adults work toward independence, self-sufficiency, and realization of their dreams.
- Special Education professionals are agents of positive change; assisting individuals, organizations, and systems.
- Special Education professionals' educational decisions result in programs that promote student success and learning.
"Professional Educator as Reflective Decision Maker" is the conceptual framework for all professional education programs at MSU. Reflective decision-making is characterized by proactive, not reactive practice. Reflective decision makers: contemplate possible long-term consequences of professional actions; evaluate the appropriateness of these actions and the effects of these actions on student performance; and maintain an informed perspective concerning all aspects of teaching, instruction and student learning.
Student Learning Outcomes
MSU's Special Education programs are designed to meet the professional preparation standards set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children (www.cec.sped.org) and the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (www.nadsp.org) and seeks these student outcomes:
- Students will describe the philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education.
- Students will describe the characteristics of learners with and without disabilities.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate assessment, diagnosis and evaluation procedures and strategies for individuals with disabilities.
- Students will use appropriate instructional content and practices for individuals with disabilities.
- Students will plan and manage the teaching and learning environment for individuals with disabilities.
- Students will engage in and facilitate appropriate communication and collaborative partnerships.
- Students will demonstrate professional and ethical practices.