Special Education: Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction Specialization Special Populations

Program Description

The Master of Education with emphasis in Special Education is a 30 hour program, which includes 15 concentrated hours in the area of Special Education. The program fosters understanding of the connection between theory, research, and practice in the field of Special Education through coursework. This program also includes practicum & field experiences serving individuals with exceptional learning needs.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction must meet the following requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Results from a national standardized achievement/aptitude test predictive of the ability to complete a graduate program successfully. These include but are not limited to: Passing Score on Praxis II Content Field, or Passing Score on Praxis II PLT, or competitive Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE: all sections).
  • Two (2) Graduate Reference Forms
  • Undergraduate degree in (Elementary, Secondary, Special, Early Childhood) Education or a closely related field.

(Completion of the M.Ed. does not lead to initial licensure for programs in the Department of Teacher Education.)

Application deadlines:

  • April 1 (summer admission)
  • May 1 (fall admission)
  • November 1 (spring admission)

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares graduates to deliver appropriate levels of service to individuals with exceptional learning needs in various settings. Graduates from this program have found positions in schools, clinical settings, or community agencies serving individuals with exceptional learning needs.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The full program of study for the Master of Education with an emphasis in Special Education is offered face to face at the Oxford campus; however, if you choose the Gifted or EMD endorsement as part of your program the whole program can be offered online. The program currently does offer some online, hybrid, and compressed video courses.

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