Master's Degrees in Special Education

The Graduate School recognizes a difference in purpose, reflected in the requirements, for two types of advanced degrees. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is academic in nature and strongly oriented toward research whereas the Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a professional degree and strongly oriented toward classroom teaching.

Both the Master of Education and the Master of Science degree programs offer flexibility and opportunities for diversification or specialization. Each degree provides:

  • a sequence of professional academic courses in Special Education and related areas
  • opportunities to observe, discuss, and supervised practice in assessment and instruction
  • experiences translating research into practice
  • opportunities to design, conduct, and evaluate experimental programs of intervention in special education settings
  • experiences in the communication of ideas, including professional writing and presentation of papers at professional meetings

The general sequence of the study for a master's degree is approximately the same:

  • Admission to Special Education as a master's candidate.
  • Appointment (by the Program Coordinator) of an adviser who is responsible for the student's general guidance.
  • Selection of a program of study.
  • Submission of completed master's paper (M.Ed.) or thesis (M.S.) no later than by the second week of the last semester.
  • Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination (for M.S. only).
  • Completion of coursework.
  • Recommendation to The Graduate School that the master's degree be conferred.