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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, M.Ed.

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The M.Ed. in special education offers a program of study for individuals who already hold a professional teaching license or those wishing to work with individuals with exceptionalities in areas other than teaching. Candidates will be prepared for advanced positions in Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities, such as school-based department chair, program specialist, RTI specialist, behavior specialist or instructional coach.

The M.Ed. is a minimum 30-credit hour program. The M.Ed. includes field experiences integrated into courses, which may occur as a formal placement by the university or as a result of supervised employment. All candidates complete a final portfolio or an action research project, which serves as their comprehensive assessment.

Minimum Requirements

Choose one of the following:


Students select one of the following concentrations and must complete all courses required.

Special Education, Behavior Specialist Concentration, M.Ed.: 33 Credit Hours

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Autism Concentration: 12 Credit Hours

Effective November 10, 2021 the Special Education, M.Ed. autism concentration is suspending admissions, which means that this program of study is not currently accepting new applicants.


Instructional Specialist Concentration: 9 Credit Hours

(Not currently accepting applications)

Electives (by advisement only)

0-8 credit hours2

Total: 30 Credit Hours (minimum)


1 Students in the gifted concentration will take EXED 665  in lieu of EXED 605 .

2 The number of elective credits is determined based on the student’s selected concentration and professional interests. Acceptable courses are determined by the individual needs of the candidate and upon approval of the adviser.

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