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M.Ed. in Special Education

The M.Ed. in Special Education is a program which is designed to specifically meet the needs of currently employed teachers and other professionals working with individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. The program is offered in a format which accommodates busy professionals in a highly accessible manner. Courses are offered on Saturdays, during one-week and two-week intersessions,  at a local school district and/or as a hybrid mix. The program is designed to be finished in a “fast track” format however students may opt to complete the program at a slower pace. Students are given an opportunity in the organizational meeting for the program to have input into the scheduling.

Why Teachers Should Take This Program

This program is offered in a highly accessible format.  This format keeps driving time to a minimum and also offers a schedule that fits the prospective student’s busy schedule.  We believe you will not find a more accessible and convenient way to complete your M.Ed.  Faculty members in the M.Ed. in Special Education Program place a high priority on the assessment of student learner outcomes, providing research-based and evidenced-based interventions, and serving in special education leadership roles.

Program Admission Requirements

1. The applicant must be admitted to the School of Graduate and University Studies (A307).

2. Unconditional admission to the M.Ed. Program in  Special Education requires the candidate to be complete the Writing Sample requirement and be eligible for a teaching certification. Documentation of two years of experience working with individuals with disabilities is also required. Individuals with disabilities include individuals with autism, deaf-blindness, deaf/hearing impairment, developmental delay, intellectual disability, learning disability, emotional disturbance, multiple disability, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech-language disorder, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment.

M.Ed. Special Education Downloads

M.Ed. Special Education Handbook

M.Ed. Special Education Forms

Course Requirements


EDUC 5203 – Introduction to Education Research


SPED 5012         Leadership and           Policy in Special Education *

SPED 5023         Program Development and Organization in Special Education *

SPED 5033         Research, Inquiry, and Evidence-Based Practice              *

SPED 5043         Student and Program Assessment and Evaluation *

SPED 5053         Professional Development and Ethical Practice  *

SPED 5063         Consulting, Collaboration, and Co-teaching *


Option 1 Specialization Initial/NBCT Preparation– 12 hours

SPED 5     112   Advanced Foundations of Special Education *

SPED 5123         Development, Characteristics, and Individual Learning Differences *

SPED 5143         Advanced Instructional Strategies for Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities        *

SPED 5152         Learning Environments and Social Interactions  *

SPED 5162         Development of Language Skills  *

Option 2 Specialization in Special Education Administration– 12 hours

SPED 5233         Special Education Law        *

EDAD 5473       Administration of Special Programs

EDAD 5323       Supervision of Teaching

EDAD 5373       Public School Law

Option 2 Specialization Early Childhood Special Education Specialist– 12


SPED 5123         Development, Characteristics, and Individual Learning


SPED 5162         Development of Language Skills (new course indicated above)

SPED 5233         Special Education Law        (new course indicated above)

SPED 5314         Early Childhood Special Education *


Total Hours: 32 hours