Masters & Licensure Programs

MA in Special Education Programs

Application for Fall Admission to MA programs is a Rolling Application 

The Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders offers programs for students wishing to become master special education teachers.



Admission to the department’s specialization programs is based on the evaluation of a portfolio of materials that includes:

  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • A resume or academic vita
  • A one-page letter of interest in which the candidate cites relevant background experiences and personal motives for applying to the program
  • Email addresses for three individuals who can provide professional letters of reference
  • Other optional materials (as available) such as samples of writing, evidence of scholarship, indication of membership in a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs, or extenuating factors highlighted by applicants in their letters of interest


  Listed below are the MA programs offered. Details for each program are included in the Handbook. The programs include:      

  • Master of Arts in Special Education (preparation for an Initial License in Special Education)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education (preparation for a Second License, in Special Education, for those who already have an initial license in General Education)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education (a Scholarly route for those who are not seeking licensure or who already have a license and are seeking additional depth of knowledge)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in Visual Impairment (preparation for licensure in teaching school-aged children/infants/toddlers and/or orientation and mobility)
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism (can be pursued separately or in combination with another program)