Special Education

Departmental Website

http://www.eiu.edu/speced/

Overview

To prepare graduates for the diverse roles they will be asked to play in Special Education. The Special Education graduate program prepares professionals for advance practice in education, including as behavior intervention specialists, curriculum adaptation specialist, and director of special education.

Concentrations

Curriculum Adaptation Specialist, Behavior Interventionist Specialist

Hours Required

32-36

Course Catalog Listing

http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=33&poid=4981&returnto=1418

Typical Starting Positions

Curriculum Coordinator, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Technical Assistant, Supervisor in Special Education, and Curriculum Adaptation Specialist

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

School districts (large and small) across the State of Illinois and hospitals, agencies, group homes, residential facilities, and institutions for individuals with exceptionalities

Notable Graduates

Personnel who enhance the lives of learners with exceptionalities in Illinois and across the United States.

Research Opportunities

Candidates for graduate degrees may choose areas of particularly interest to them and consistent with their professional goals. Candidates seeking the LBSII level of certification will focus research on the area consistent with the LBSII being earned: Curriculum Adaptation or Behavior Interventions.

Student Professional Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children, Sigma Rho Epsilon Honorary Fraternity (by invitation only)

Professional Development Opportunities

The varied topics offered as Spe 5133 topic courses are designed to address timely evolving concepts and evidence based practices in special education. These courses provide educators with rich opportunities for professional development.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/students_assistantships.php

Scholarship Listing

Click on the scholarship to learn more, including contact information and application procedures.

2016 Distinguished Graduate Student
Business and Education Scholarship
David Coon Memorial Scholarship
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship
Donald & Lucille Taylor Memorial Scholarship
Dwight & Bette (Leckrone) Baptist Scholarship
EIU University Professionals of Illinois Graduate Annual Scholarship
Frances Meyer Hampton Graduate Scholarship
Hamand Society of Graduate Scholars
Kate Booker Stapp Scholarship
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards
King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity College Award of Excellence
Leona Stanford Vollintine Charitable Trust Fund Scholarship
Mrs. Pratima Niranjan Shah Scholarship
Robert & Kathryn Augustine Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Competition & MAGS Thesis Nomination
Rory and Gail Heltsley Steidl Scholarship
The EIU College Thesis Award of Excellence
The Graduate School Research/Creative Activity Grants
Verne Stockman Graduate Scholarship in Educational Technology
Williams Travel Grants

To search for scholarship opportunities please visit http://www.eiu.edu/scholarships/

Faculty Listing

http://www.eiu.edu/speced/faculty.php

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty have varied research agendas. Often their research is related to the topics classes they teach (Spe 5133). Curriculum adaptations, positive behavioral supports, performance assessments, measurements of student learning are each areas that one or more faculty in the department includes on their research agendas.

Faculty Honors & Awards

Kathlene S. Shank, Professor and Chair-Harry C. Selznick Distinguished Special Education Service Award, Council of Administrators of Special Education, Council for Exceptional Children and the Larry Vuillemot Leadership Award, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education. Rebecca J. Cook, Profesor- Distinguished Teacher Educator Award, Illinois Teacher Education Division and Ronald Gholson Outstanding Service Award, Eastern Illinois University. Christy M. Hooser, Professor- Ronald Gholson Outstanding Service Award, Eastern Illinois University.

Media Links

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Special Education, Buzzard Hall 1212
Contact Name: Dr. Kathlene Shank, Graduate Coordinator
Contact Email: ksshank@eiu.edu
Coordinator Profile: http://www.eiu.edu/graduate/prospective_degreeprograms_specialeducation.php
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/speced/