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Special Education Master's Degree (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. professional degree offers individualized preparation for highly-qualified students who have completed undergraduate programs in special education or other related areas (e.g., education, psychology). Through our licensure and endorsement pathways, our graduates go on to serve as special educators in districts across the country. The program is committed to increasing the number of teachers from diverse backgrounds and especially encourages applicants from underrepresented to apply. Through a number of training grants and awards, most of our graduate students receive strong or full tuition support, as well as monthly stipends. 

The program stresses field-based learning and experiences while offering ample opportunities to participate in teaching, research, and service. Basic requirements include a core of courses and field-based competencies common to all areas of special education including high incidence disabilities, severe disabilities, early childhood education, and visual impairments.

Field experiences are a key component of your individual program of studies. You will be able to work with children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, language impairments, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, visual impairments, orthopedic disabilities, or multiple disabilities.

Program Areas

The Early Childhood M.Ed. Program is designed to serve infants, toddlers, young children, and their families who deal with a wide range of developmental delays including cognitive, communication, social, adaptive behavior, and/or motor skills.

The High Incidence M.Ed. Program is designed for those intending to work with children and young adults with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and mild intellectual disability.

The Severe Disabilities M.Ed. Program is intended for those who wish to work with students with severe intellectual disability, autism, multiple disabilities, and other students with extensive support needs.

The Visual Disabilities M.Ed. Program prepares future teachers to provide access to the general curriculum and to teach the expanded core curriculum for students with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities.

Additional Certifications or Endorsements

The Applied Behavior Analysis Training Program teaches students to conduct functional behavioral assessments, write behavior intervention programs, and to consult/implement those intervention programs for a range of individuals with behavior problems. The ABA certification is completed in conjunction with one of the above program areas.

The Gifted Education Endorsement is offered to students interested in learning about the needs, characteristics, and psychological development of gifted students, as well as curriculum development theories and how to plan gifted programs.

Related Programs

The Bill Wilkerson Center Master in Education of the Deaf

Information Sheet about Special Education (M.Ed.)