The Master's Only option is ideal for current teachers interested in pursuing advanced graduate training. The option is also ideal for individuals with a bachelors degree who want to learn more about special education but who do not necessarily want to pursue a career in teaching and instead want to pursue a career in the private sector, in a non-profit organization, or in another setting where an advanced degree (without license) would be beneficial.
Students can work toward a master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.), or master of education (M.Ed.) degree in several areas of special education. For the M.A. degree the candidate must demonstrate proficiency in a second language. For the M.Ed. degree the candidate must have a valid teaching license and have completed at least one year of successful classroom teaching. All other graduates receive an M.S. degree upon program completion.
Application, Deadlines, and Admission
Special Education programs admit students in the spring for the following fall term. The initial application deadline is February 15. Student applying for the SPED Early Intervention will need to apply for Summer 2017 admissions. Applications for any unfilled slots are accepted through May 1. Application procedures are listed on the ADMISSIONS page.
The master's degree in Special Education requires the completion of 45 credits of graduate work. A minimum of 20 credits make up the required core coursework, including either the 3-credit master's project or the 9-credit thesis. Additional electives, selected in consultation with a faculty adviser, allow the student to focus on an area of interest. Students can complete the master's degree course of study in four to six consecutive terms. Students take at least one course from each of the following core areas:
- Behavioral Support
- Legal Issues
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Diversity Issues
- Field Studies
Master's students also complete a capstone project - either a master's project, a master's thesis, or a master's specialization course sequence. Individual program emphases are developed in cooperation with the student's advisor. Note: For students in the combined K-12 licensure and master's program, the capstone experience (specialization) is already built into the program plan - no additional capstone experience is required.
Special Education programs admit students in spring for the following fall term and Early Intervention Program applicants will apply for the following Summer admission. The initial application deadline is February 15. Applications for any unfilled slots are accepted through May 1.