Special Education, MEd
Designed to inform both educators in the classroom and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom of the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Special Education, MEd
The MEd provides skills and knowledge for working in the field of special education. The flexibility of the program allows students to pair the MEd with a graduate certificate in order to focus their studies on a specific area, or students can individualize their program content by selecting electives based on their interests or career focus.
Required Courses (15 credits)
- EDSE 501: Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
- EDSE 503: Language Development and Reading (3 credits) OR EDSE 557: Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners (3 credits) OR EDSE 625: Applied Behavior Analysis: Verbal Behavior (3 credits) OR EDSE 636: Supporting Communication and Literacy for Individuals with Autism (3 credits)
- EDSE 590: Special Education Research (3 credits)
- EDSE 637: Autism Across the Lifespan: Collaboration with Critical Partners (3 credits) OR EDSE 662: Consultation and Collaboration (3 credits) OR EDSE 663: Collaborative Teamwork to Support Students with Significant Disabilities (3 credits) OR EDSE 664: Ethical and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
Electives (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of electives from Graduate EDSE or EDAT prefixes courses.
Total: 30 credits
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame. The Accelerated Master’s program allows students to apply six credits, taken while an undergraduate, toward both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Additionally, students can take an additional six credits as reserve graduate credit in order to start their MEd program with twelve graduate credits already completed. Students planning to pursue Virginia teacher licensure in Adapted Curriculum, Special Education-General Curriculum or Visual Impairments can maximize their program by taking Accelerated Master’s courses that will also apply towards teacher licensure.
This campus-based program offers face-to-face classes, online courses and hybrid courses.
LIFE Graduate Assistantships: The Learning Into Future Environments (LIFE) Program is an innovative post-secondary program at Mason. Students have an opportunity to work as instructors in the LIFE program which provides them with field experience in a supportive, supervised setting.
Graduate Research Assistantships: Part time positions are available for students interested in providing research support to faculty.
Virginia Educator Discount: A 15% discount off the university’s approved tuition rate is available for qualifying in-state graduate students who are educators in Virginia.