Special Education- Master of Education

For information contact:
Department Chair
Department of Educational Psychology
201 McGuffey, 513-529-2767

The degree serves two purposes:

  1. provide required coursework to lead to initial teaching license in mild/moderate special education; and
  2. provide advanced coursework for teachers already licensed in special education.

Within the licensure component of the degree there are options for both educators who are currently licensed and for students who do not currently hold a teaching license in any area. The degree program is offered in a hybrid format. Each course in this program includes online course work and 3 required class sessions held at the beginning, middle, and end of the course session at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, OH.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's degree program requires:

  1. acceptance by the Graduate School,
  2. official transcripts,
  3. three letters of recommendation from professional contacts, specifically addressing your potential for advanced graduate study, and
  4. a brief essay (500-750 words) that describe
    1. your reasons for pursuing a career in special education, and
    2. your ability to complete courses that are mostly online.

To apply for the Master of Education, Special Education degree program, go to the graduate school application portal found on the graduate school page via the link below http://miamiOH.edu/graduate-studies/admission/index.html. Complete the application, then upload the required program materials listed here. Once you are admitted, you will be required to mail an official transcript to the graduate school at:

Graduate School
Miami University
501 E. High Street
Room 102 Roudebush Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

The application deadline for fall term admission is June 15 for international applicants, and August 1 for domestic applicants.

Program Requirements

Pathway 1

Resulting in a Master's degree for educators already holding a current teaching license in a non-special education area.

EDP 571Literacy Seminar: Clinical3
EDP 572Literacy Seminar: Practicum3
EDP 578Effective Social Skills Development, Collaboration and Transition Planning in Special Education3
EDP 596Behavioral Interventions: Theory, Principles, and Techniques3
EDP 601Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDP 650Seminar in Special Education3
EDP 651Educational Research3
EDP 652Educational Research Practicum3
EDP 656Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities3
EHS 667Behavior Statistics3
Total Credit Hours30

Educators must have 12 total hours of reading courses; depending on the area of licensure, they may need to supplement earned hours with additional reading courses.

Pathway 2

A Master's degree for students who do not hold a current teaching license in special education.

All courses from Pathway 130
Additional reading courses6
Methods courses6
Student teaching12
Total Credit Hours54