May 28, 2024  
2018-19 Graduate Catalog 
2018-19 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students Concentration, M.Ed.

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Thomas Black, Program Director
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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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

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:

Program Notes

Any course requiring admission to Teacher Education may require observations, case studies, or other time in K-6 classes.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies after having completed 21 semester hours credit;
  2. 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.

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