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Special Education

  • Credits:
    (5 terms)
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    PR Council of Education

Program Description

The Special Education Teacher program prepares special education teachers and leaders to be caring and competent, with the essential and critical skills to understand how to develop and design different curricula. Graduates are prepared to become highly motivated teachers who are practitioners of educational innovation and meet the regulations for licensure of special education teachers for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Graduates are career-ready, technologically savvy, and culturally competent to advance social justice causes.

This program is designed in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Education guidelines and is only offered in Puerto Rico. It is for recertification by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area required.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to enable their students to excel academically and socially. They understand how a moderate disability can affect progress in learning academic content in the general curriculum that their non-disabled peers learn. They understand their responsibility to provide strategies for their students to access the regular education curriculum.


Graduates are eligible to obtain the certificate to teach from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade as full-time classroom teachers, consulting teachers, or resource room teachers.

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


All classes are taught in Spanish.


At the Puerto Rico location, ESP 695 covers both the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Note: EIT 712 and ELE 630R are additional requirements for teacher certification under the Puerto Rico Department of Education Teacher Certification Regulation 9375 of 2022.

Collaboration and Consultation Techniques
ESP 594 2 credit(s)
The course explores collaboration and consultation techniques among school-based teams to best support a range of learners in today's classrooms. The course will provide students with the background and knowledge-based to work collaboratively with school-based educators, parents, and outside agencies to improve student outcomes. Students will become familiar with the educator’s role within the IEP process to strengthen educational partnerships through culturally responsive instruction and teamwork to assess, plan, and implement effective classroom environments.
Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Special Education
ESP 695 3 credit(s)
This course will focus on special education laws regarding the pre-referral and referral of a student and the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Emphasis will be on strategies for including students in general education classrooms in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Theories of Typical and Atypical Human Development
ESP 689 3 credit(s)
This course examines current research and theoretical models that focus on the typical and atypical development of children. The emphasis is on understanding children’s psychological, intellectual, and physical development and investigating the impact of developmental theories on the education of children with disabilities.
Teaching Numerical & Geometrical Structures for Special Education K-12 Students
ESP 602 3 credit(s)

This course is designed to cover the basic foundation of the mathematics curriculum in terms of its numerical and geometrics structures for special education students in Puerto Rico. Major topics include: number sense, numeration, estimation, mental math, modeling operations using concrete objects, geometry, spatial sense and measurement.

Pedagogy in Reading and Spanish Language Arts
ESP 681 3 credit(s)
The course is designed to develop a thorough understanding of the Fundamental principles of Spanish/Language Arts, focusing on the interrelationship of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course focuses on the student as learner, and the processes involved in content reading and literacy. There is a direct correlation between the growing social and cultural diversity in today's classrooms and the tie to information on literacy. Since high levels of literacy are expected in today's contemporary society, children and families need to expand literacy activities to provide a range of options available to them in work and life. Diagnostic tools and classroom techniques for assessing, decoding, encoding, comprehension, literacy, and fluency skills are explored, along with related theories and research, and developmentally appropriate practices. The language arts are incomplete without making connections to all parts of the curriculum. Children require dynamic role models to emulate so that they are apprenticed into literate behavior. A variety of reading programs are discussed and researched, including philosophy, teaching techniques and materials. Information on how to plan and implement instruction in content area classrooms is included. Frameworks are provided for teaching and learning subject matter and planning lessons.
Principles of Spanish Language Development Bridging Differences and Disorders
ESP 662R 3 credit(s)

Language acquisition is one of the most important domains within the sciences of the mind. Developments in cognitive neuroscience have made it evident that language has constant neural reorganization. Students develop an overview of the course of language development, biological foundations for language, the major linguistic systems individuals must acquire, and finally the methods of study for language development. Theories of first and second language acquisition and development are introduced. Candidates examine different theories of semantic development, phonological development, morphological development and syntax. Students come to understand the relationship between language acquisition, language impairment, and treatments of children with learning differences including dyslexia as well as other communicative disabilities are also discussed.

Inclusion and Classroom Behavior Management
ESP 512 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the knowledge of the etiology of learning problems and specific techniques to effectively create an inclusive classroom. Emphasis is on classroom management and the management of challenging behaviors in an inclusion classroom.
Psycho-Educational Assessment for Teaching Exceptional Students
ESP 607 3 credit(s)
This course prepares candidates to assess various educational test instruments, understand outcome data, analyze various data sets and make hypotheses, and formulate academic goals and objectives. Candidates develop a conceptual framework to understand student's academic needs and develop appropriate interventions based upon testing outcome data. Test construction is introduced for evaluating various assessment instruments and the appropriateness of their use. Students utilize formal and informal assessments, standardized instrumentation, and screening instrumentation to gather data and formulate appropriate interventions and accommodations for various educational plans. Specific practices include formative assessment, academic feedback, and questioning. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Assistive Technology: Modifying the Curriculum for Diverse Learners
ESP 615 3 credit(s)
This course examines Assistive Technology in special education, ensuring compliance with Federal regulations under IDEA. Participants will explore best practices and strategies pertaining to the development and delivery of effective AT services. Topics include considering and assessing AT needs, integrating AT into IEPs, effective team collaboration, and implementing AT for low and high-incidence disabilities. The course also covers promising practices for AT selection, creating accessible educational materials, and the impact of UDL on AT.
Teaching Spanish Language Arts, Math, History and Science for K-12 Special Education Students
ESP 721R 3 credit(s)

Special education teachers learn to apply multiple intelligence and accelerated learning instructional strategies in teaching to the content area standards. Teachers get an overview of Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory and its implications. They also experience Lozanov’s accelerated learning structures and translation to brain-based teaching. Teachers learn to select, evaluate, and use teaching and assessment differentiation strategies to meet the needs of special education students in regular education classrooms. They design multiple intelligence and accelerated learning lessons to engage students in acquiring specific knowledge and skills.

Using Educational Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning in Physical and Virtual Environments
EIT 712 3 credit(s)
Through discussion and use of the latest hardware and software, participants explore computer-based multimedia and communications technologies that enhance physical and virtual classroom instruction. This course is geared for PreK-12 teachers to experiment with the tools of the classroom with an emphasis on math, science, and language arts. Software and Internet applications are explored, including best practice applications. Focus is on developing technology-based thematic units that integrate theory, practice, and standards.


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area required.

School Requirements

International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:

Note: Rates are as of July, 2022, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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