Dec 10, 2023
Thomas Black, Program Director
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Special Education and concentrations in Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students. The Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students concentration leads to 6-12 Interventionist licensure or K-8 Interventionist licensure.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Education program must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher or a minimum of twelve hours in special education at the graduate level with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Applicants must take the Miller Analogies Test (and obtain a minimum score of 385) or the Graduate Record Exam (obtaining scores on the Verbal and Quantitative measures which normally exceed 146 and 140 respectively [current scale] or 400 [former scale] with a total combined score which normally exceeds 286 [current scale] or 800 [former scale]).
Applicants must have a teaching license in special education for admission to the Special Education with a concentration in Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students program. Candidates without the appropriate license may be admitted to the graduate program as non-degree-seeking students. Once licensure requirements are met, the candidate may reapply for admission to the program in special education. A candidate not licensed in special education may apply for a waiver to the license requirement by signing a waiver form stating that he/she wishes to receive a master’s degree in special education without a license to teach.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
The Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students requires completion of a total of 33-39 hours. Candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to be taken in the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Special Education, Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students
Candidate must complete the following course of study:
Concentration Courses (18 hours)
Restricted/Specialized Electives (9 hours)
To be selected with consent of advisor or the following if seeking licensure:
Any course requiring admission to Teacher Education may require observations, case studies, or other time in K-6 classes.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies after having completed 21 semester hours credit;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.
Special Education Master’s-Non-Licensed
Persons who do not hold a license in special education but wish to work toward a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students may ask for an exception to the license prerequisite. This would allow the individual to complete a master’s degree but the degree would not lead to licensure. Persons who complete this degree will not be licensed to teach special education upon completion of the degree.