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Special Education (In-Service)

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program in Special Education is designed to prepare teachers to operationalize "least restrictive environment" philosophies for children and youth with disabilities. Core themes are collaboration with families and other professionals, and pedagogy that respects and responds to individual differences.

For teachers with initial certification, this program provides knowledge and skills to fulfill various special education teacher roles in today's schools. Sufficient flexibility exists for individuals from undergraduate programs in special education to either deepen their skills in the field or to link their special education foundation with the larger context of general education. Similarly, graduates of early childhood, childhood, or adolescence education programs may extend their knowledge and skills with students needing special education.

Graduate Degrees Offered

In-service programs

  • MSEd Special Education in one of the following:
    • Early Childhood (B-2)
    • Early Childhood and Childhood (B-6)
    • Childhood (1-6)
    • Adolescence (7-12)

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MSEd February 1 October 15

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

Submit the following application materials. Please check the department website for details and any additional requirements.

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Tami Mann, Senior Staff Assistant

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson (early childhood and childhood special education)

Dr. Candace Mulcahy (adolescence special education)

Special Education (MSEd) webpage

Graduate School of Education application information

Graduate School of Education website

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Last Updated: 12/11/14