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Special Education, M.S.

A Master’s in Special Education from McDaniel prepares you to join the ranks of professionals who are committed to ensuring that all children and adolescents, including those with disabilities, receive a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.

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Program Cost
$19,360
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Total credits
36

About the Program

Empathy In Action

Yes, many of the students you’ll teach in your career will have disabilities, but at McDaniel, we believe the best way to truly help them is by focusing more on their strengths and abilities—and by matching them with thoughtful expertise and individualized instruction.

Why McDaniel for Special Education

We’ve designed the Master’s in Special Education to meet the needs of today’s educators.

  • Relevance. Our program is tailored to a range of student needs, from those seeking a master's degree to those seeking certification.
  • Accreditation. The program meets Maryland State Department of Education requirements for certification and is also recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Practical Pedagogy. Our curriculum encompasses both state-of-the-art research and best classroom practices.

Requirements for an M.S. Special Education Degree

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Three official professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Submit Praxis I test scores that meet MSDE minimum score requirements
  • Develop a program plan in consultation with the Program Coordinator

Degree Requirements

  • 36 semester hours minimum, although students seeking certification with their master's degrees usually must complete additional credits to satisfy state certification requirements
  • Creation of a program plan with the program advisor upon acceptance into the program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Satisfactory completion of a portfolio (master's only and master's + certification) or thesis (master's only track students)

Advancing Your Career

The Special Education program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Teaching in the field of Special Education
  • Leadership and teaching with social services organizations
  • Employment with child services organizations