MEd Special Education

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The M.Ed. in Special Education-Interdisciplinary 30 credit is a state-wide program designed for those who:

  • (a) are already licensed in special education and wish to pursue a master's degree for career advancement, or 
  • (b) desire a master's degree without teacher licensure, such as those working in non-classroom-based services/settings or working with adults with disabilities.

Delivery Options

These programs will incorporate classes that are taught online. The nature of such a program requires a moderate amount of computer literacy and comfort. It also requires self-discipline to maintain the pace of the course between classes. If you are unsure of your comfort in working online or your ability to maintain progress, consult an advisor prior to applying.

  • Accommodates candidates who are employed
  • Classes taught online with possible synchronous online sessions, via interactive web-based course delivery (Blackboard Collaborate & Laulima/Sakai)
  • Access to a computer (Windows 7 or later; or Macintosh OSX 10.6 or later; or a current Linux); Office productivity suit software (i.e. MS Office, LibreOffice), printer, and an Internet connection are required
  • It is strongly recommended that the above resources are available in the student’s home or at a location that has consistent/adequate internet service and is free from distractions.


Special Education Core (15)

  • SPED 602: Special Education Laws & Compliance (3)
  • SPED 641b: Seminar in Issues in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 642: Seminar on Applied Research/SPED (3)
  • SPED 688: Research Practicum in Special Education (3)
  • SPED 695: Plan B Master's Project (3)

Electives (15)

Candidates will work with their advisor to design a 15 credit sequence to inform their chosen area of study in special education. Some examples of emphasis areas include: early intervention, inclusion, autism, severe disabilities, and instructional specialist.

As an alternative, there are two online, 18 credit elective course sequences available:

  • Literacy Specialist
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

*MEd program does not lead to a teaching license.

Students listening intently in class

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