Special Education (Master's)

The M.S. Ed. in special education is designed to serve the needs of both experienced and beginning special education teachers who have baccalaureate degrees or are seeking career changes at the master's level. In addition to an on-campus program, the department offers off-campus Masters' degree courses, information on which can be obtained from the department.

For students who already hold a special education certificate, the faculty of special education offers individualized programs of study. Interested students should contact the department for further information.


From among the applicants satisfying the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the faculty select the most qualified, utilizing the General Test of the GRE and ordinarily requiring a GPA of higher than 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work.



Each student must complete a specialization consisting of a minimum of 36 semester hours of study which include a research course approved by the adviser (3). Elective courses are selected with the approval of the student's adviser. A student wishing to write a thesis may, with the approval of the adviser, include 3-6 semester hours of credit in  in the TLSE 699 elective portion of the program. 

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If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Leslie Hecht or call her at (815) 753-8457.