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 fully online format. Each course in this program includes online course work and 3 required synchronous class sessions held virtually on Saturdays at the beginning, middle, and end of the course session.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the master's degree program requires:

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

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
105 Laws Hall
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056

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

Program Requirements

Resulting in a Master's degree or M.Ed with Intervention Specialist (Mild/Moderate) licensure.   

M.Ed. degree only: 

  • 18 credit hours from Special Education Core, Autism Electives, or Literacy Electives in consultation with program academic advisor.
  • 12 hours from Graduate Research Courses.

M.Ed. + Licensure:

This option is for students who currently hold a teaching license and wish to add K-12 Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist Licensure. 

  • 24 credit hours of Special Education Core
  • 1 credit hour Supervised Field Experience. 
  • 12 credit hours from Graduate Research Courses

M.Ed. + Initial Licensure
This option is for students who are seeking an initial teaching license. 

  • 24 credit hours of Special Education Core
  • 12 credit hour Supervised Field Experience.  
  • 12 credit hours from Graduate Research Courses
Special Education Program Core
EDP 571Literacy Seminar: Clinical3
EDP 578Collaboration and the Law in Special Education3
EDP 586Methods I: Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
EDP 591Methods II: Learners with Mild to Moderate Disabilities3
EDP 596Behavioral Interventions: Theory, Principles, and Techniques3
EDP 650Seminar in Special Education (EDP 650A and EDP 650K)6
EDP 656Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities3
Graduate Research Courses
All 12 credit hours below are required for M.Ed. Degree
EDP 601Advanced Educational Psychology3
EDP 607Educational Measurement and Evaluation3
EDP 651Educational Research3
EDP 652Educational Research Practicum3
Literacy Electives
TCE 603Language, Literacy and Culture3
TCE 632Literacy Assessment and Instruction3
TCE 642Science of Reading3
TCE 646Reading and Writing in Content Areas3
Special Education Electives
EDP 579Autism: Introduction and Current Research3
EDP 582Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practice in Teaching Strategies3
EDP 584Autism Spectrum Disorder: Social and Communication Development3
EDP 585Autism Spectrum Disorder: Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions3
EDP 650Seminar in Special Education (EDP 650B: Assistive Technology)3
Field Experience
EDP 605FSupervised Field Experience: Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist1-12
12 credit hours of EDP 605F are required for students who do not hold a current teaching license.
1 credit hour of EDP 605F is required for students who currently hold a teaching license and have successfully completed a student teaching placement previously.