Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Special Education

The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.

Is this program for me?

The Special Education Masters Program prepares professionals for the high-needs field of Special Education.  Graduates find abundant opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers.  The program offers two tracks:

  • Special Education Emphasis prepares students to be certified to teach Special Education EC-12 (All Levels) in the state of Texas from early childhood through twelfth grade.
  • Educational Diagnostician Emphasis prepares students to be certified as Educational Diagnosticians in Texas Public Schools.  They will typically diagnose learning problems in Early Childhood – 12th grade students in order to place them in programs where they can excel.  They counsel students and consult with teachers and parents concerning the best interests for the child.  Students who already hold a Master’s degree may apply to the program as Non-Degree Objective (NDO) students.

It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).

What will I learn?

Students who complete the Special Education Emphasis program:

  • Understand, assess, and evaluate the needs of students with disabilities to make instructional decisions.
  • Skillfully manage the teaching environment, including the use of assistive technology.
  • Promote students’ educational, behavioral and social performance.
  • Apply knowledge of transition issues and teaching across the lifespan.
  • Engage the roles and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Students who complete the Educational Diagnostician Emphasis program:

  • Understand federal and state disability criteria and identification procedures for determining the presence of an educational need.
  • Recognize the significance of diversity for evaluation, planning, and instruction.
  • Select, administer and interpret appropriate assessments and evaluations.
  • Understand appropriate curricula and instructional strategies for developing the behavioral and social skills of students with disabilities.
  • Engage the roles and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

The Master’s in Special Education develops professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • College of Education Core coursework
  • Special Education Program Coursework
  • Internship or Practicum
  • Comprehensive Exam (or Master’s Thesis)

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan.  Following are the most current sample degree plans for the M.Ed. in Special Education:

What can I do with my degree?

The Special Education Master’s Program prepares educators to assume positions in:

  • Public and Private Early Childhood – 12th grade school settings
  • Educational and Social Agencies
  • Foundations
  • Public and Private Research Organizations
  • Residential Facilities

Graduates with a M.Ed. in Special Education may pursue the following careers:

  • Community College Instructors
  • Educational Diagnosticians
  • Special Education Teachers

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist

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