Special Education (M.Ed.)

Candidates in the Special Education M.Ed. program are trained to become professionals who have the ability to meet the special needs of students from kindergarten through high school.

The Master of Education in Special Education: General Curriculum Program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer a license in General Curriculum (K-12) Special Education.  The program is operated through the CAEP accredited College of Education.  

Why Choose an M.Ed. Program in Special Education?

Education is a challenging and rewarding career where adults get to impact the lives of children.  Special Education, allows you to work with those students who need YOUR help the most!  The program is aimed at individuals who already have an undergraduate degree and at least a Standard Professional I licensure in some area of education.  The graduate program provides an advanced license in Special Education.  Courses combine both initial and advanced level licensure requirements for Special Education: General Curriculum in a two-phase process.  As part of the program, you will complete a series of field experiences within area schools and you will complete a culminating Product of Learning experience.

Students will select a concentration pathway within the program:  

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Disabilities
  • Behavioral-Emotional Disabilities

What Will You Learn?

You will graduate from the Special Education M.Ed. program with the skills necessary to teach students in the general curriculum from kindergarten through high school.  Specific skills learned will include:

  • Increased focus on research and curriculum relative to the M.A.T. program
  • Strategies for planning and implementing instruction for students with special needs
  • Cognitive, mental and physical development of K-12 students
  • Understanding of current laws and regulations related to special education
  • Techniques for assessing learning and designing instruction
  • Research-based instructional practices

What Will You Do?

Individuals who earn an M.Ed. degree in special education often are looking to grow their professional career outside of the classroom, even though you will be able to work with students with all 13 different disabilities in K-12 schools.  

Possible positions include:

  • Central Office Special Education Staff
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Administrative positions both inside and outside of schools
  • Behavior Support Teacher
  • High-Functioning Autism Teacher
  • In-Class Resource Teacher for Core Subjects
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Private Learning Centers