Develop a deeper understanding of the field of special education
The Master of Education degree in Special Education provides students with advanced understanding of contemporary research and practice issues in special education. Students in the program are typically interested in pursuing enhanced professional competence, career advancement, leadership roles, advocacy and systems change, or preparing for doctoral-level study. Students do not need to have an undergraduate degree in special education (or education) to be successful in the master's degree, but should be motivated to develop a deeper understanding of the field of special education.
Students in the M.Ed. Special Education major will develop advanced skills in: designing, implementing and evaluating research-based practices that meet the special education needs of learners with disabilities; understanding the conceptual underpinnings of special education, as well as policies that guide its implementation in school and community settings; analyzing contemporary issues surrounding special education and the impact of exceptionality on individuals and their families; and understanding the roles that research plays in special education theory.
The M.Ed. degree program does not prepare students for teacher licensure; however, some of the coursework required for the degree may count toward licensure. Students interested in both licensure and a M.Ed. degree will need to apply and be fully admitted into both the master's degree program and the non-degree graduate licensure preparation program.
Online Concentration: The online Master of Education degree in Special Education offers one optional concentration:
The General Special Education concentration provides a broad focus on special education across all ages and types of student needs. Students interested in the General Special Education concentration will work with a graduate adviser to develop a personalized plan of study.
The General Special Education concentration provides an opportunity for already licensed teachers to engage in endorsement or certificate training to enhance their existing skills. Moreover, graduates learn to use evidence-based practices to guide their direct service, support and consultation skills in schools and other agencies, as professionals work together with individuals with exceptionalities and their families.
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Courses for the online M.Ed. in Special Education cover a range of topics relevant for special educators who wish to enhance their professional competence, move into leadership roles or prepare to pursue a doctorate. These include a core of legal and policy issues, research applications in special education, and contemporary issues in special education, as well as 6 credit-hours of electives across topics such as rehabilitation, deaf studies, pharmacological interventions, ethics and more. Students who choose the General Special Education concentration will take an additional 18 credit hours of coursework comprised of a 3-credit research methods course and 15 credits of electives selected with and approved by the student’s academic advisor.
|Ohio Residents||Out of State/International*|
|Per Credit Hour||Per 3-Credit Course||Program Cost||Per Credit Hour||Per 3-Credit Course||Program Cost|
|$536||$1,608||Approximate Cost: $17,700||$546||$1,638||Approximate Cost: $18,000|
An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.
Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.
The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken. Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person. Program costs are subject to change without notice.
*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.
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