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Master of Education in Special Education

The Special Education Department has five M.Ed. programs: Early Childhood Special Education Elementary or Secondary Special Education, Exceptional Learning Needs, Severe Intellectual Disabilities, and Urban Multicultural Special Education.

Admission Requirements

Admission to FSEHD Masters level programs is determined by the quality of the total application. Applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs as a measure of their potential for success in graduate level studies.

  • A completed application and $50.00 nonrefundable fee.
  • One copy of all official transcripts of each undergraduate and graduate record.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work. Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.00 may be admitted to degree candidacy upon submission of other evidence of academic potential.
  • Three candidate reference forms with 3 accompanying letters of recommendation.
  • Professional goals essay - application essay describing candidate’s commitment to special education, cultural awareness, collaboration, and lifelong learning.
  • Performance-based evaluation.
  • An interview.
  • Teaching certification
    • M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education requires eligibility for RI certification in early childhood education.
    • M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Special Education requires RI certification in elementary or secondary education or concurrent enrollment.
    • M.Ed. Exceptional Learning Needs (strands: autism, specialized study in special education) requires RI certification in special education.
    • M.Ed. in Severe Intellectual Disabilities requires RI certification in early childhood, elementary or secondary education or concurrent enrollment in these programs.
    • M.Ed. in Urban/Multicultural special education requires RI certification in special education or concurrent enrollment in a special education certification program.

Page last updated: March 11, 2020