Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.)

The master’s of education program in Special Education is primarily, though not exclusively, designed for students who have earned a Bachelor's degree and have had partial or no special education training prior to admission. This degree corresponds to the generalist’s emphasis of the program. A full complement of courses will help students acquire the requisite competencies for teaching the five exceptionalities covered by mentally and/or physically handicapped certification: Mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, physically handicapped, learning disabled, and brain-injured.

In keeping with the philosophy on which the undergraduate special education program was founded, the content of the graduate program will comprise three areas of teaching competencies: (1) teaching psychosocial skills to help children successfully adapt to interpersonal relations and organized situations; (2) teaching developmental skills needed for semi and fully independent living, and (3) generalists training intended to prepare students for teaching in self-contained classes and resource rooms.

Requirements for M.Ed. in Special Education Program:

  • Professional Core – 9 semester hours
  • Concentration – 18 semester hours
  • Electives – 6 semester hours
  • Thesis – 3 semester hours