Masters of Education in Special Education
The M.Ed. degree program in Special Education leads to the T-5 certification in Interrelated Special Education (mildly disabled) and Intellectual Disabilities (MR). Any person who has T-4 certification in a teaching field and meets the other admission criteria may pursue the master’s-level programs. A degree in intellectual disabilities leads to certification in mental retardation. (Add-on verification requires a passing score on Praxis I/GACE Basic for admission and a passing score on Praxis II/GACE Content prior to the practicum.)
The purpose of the M.Ed. Special Education is to promote leadership for K-12 populations. Candidates complete 36 hours of courses designed to augment resourceful and imaginative problem-solving skills for K-12 populations. All classes implement the College of Education's conceptual framework: Reflective transformative practitioner, culturally-responsive practitioner, technologically-competent practitioner. Candidates have to be admitted by the Graduate Admissions Office before being admitted into the program.
Admission to the Special Education Program requires an undergraduate degree in Special Education, or the equivalent, from an accredited college.
In addition, the following is required
- A clear renewable state of GA teaching certificate in the discipline
- Three recommendation forms and Three letters of recommendations to accompany the forms
- Writing sample
- Official transcript from all institutions attended
* If students lack sufficient background in Special Education, they may be required to take additional undergraduate courses before beginning the M.Ed. program in Special Education. Students are also governed by the general admission procedures and requirements for the graduate school and the M.Ed. the degree program and they may matriculate in the Special Education program under the same categories of admission.