College of Education
This degree helps students with or without education backgrounds to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to serve as teachers, instructional coaches and administrators, who will help and advocate for learners with a variety of disabilities. Students must conduct research and develop a project relevant to the academic needs of students with disabilities in the local community or schools.
This program offers two concentrations for students who want to work with people with varying degrees of learning disabilities
Curricula prepares future special educators to work with the community’s culturally and linguistically diverse children
The two-year program offers night courses to minimize the impact on full-time working educators
Elizabeth Favela Tomlinson has taught elementary school students with special needs for three years and earned her master’s in special education to make herself a better teacher, resource and advocate for her students and their families; and a better-prepared collaborator with fellow educators and administrators. The El Paso native is pursuing her certification as an educational diagnostician.
People with this degree are in high demand. They could work in the schools or with nonprofit or governmental agencies. Some may earn certification to become an educational diagnostician, or pursue a doctorate to become a professor/researcher.