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graduate programSpecial Education M.Ed.

The M.Ed. in Special Education provides students with the depth of knowledge and breadth of skill in educating students with disabilities required of a “master teacher.” Students may concentrate in one of five disability areas:

  • early childhood special education;
  • individuals with autism spectrum disorders;
  • hearing loss;
  • mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, attention disorders, emotional behavior disorders, mild intellectual disabilities); or
  • moderate, severe, and profound intellectual disabilities.

Special Education Handbook_2017

  • Concentrations (select one of the following five areas):
    1. Autism Spectrum Disorders
    2. Behavior/Learning Disabilities [mild to moderate] (e.g., dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, attention disorders, emotional behavior disorders, mild intellectual disabilities)
    3. Deaf Education (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)
    4. Early Childhood Special Education
    5. Intellectual Disabilities [moderate, severe, and profound]
  • Students are provided with the depth of knowledge and breadth of skill in educating students with disabilities required of a “master teacher.”
  • Research-based strategies, effective pedagogy, and data-based decision making.
  • Selecting appropriate curricula, employing effective methods of instruction, making assessment based decisions, and utilizing effective classroom and student management procedures.
  • Prepared to work collaboratively with educational professionals and families, and exhibit the highest standards of professionalism while maximizing pupil learning and development.
  • Fully certified teacher
  • Nine semester hours of coursework
  • Completion of designated coursework requirements qualifies students for endorsement in preschool handicapped education.
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university
  • Holds teaching certificate in special education aligned with chosen concentration area

*Students who do not have an appropriate certificate must complete the approved certification sequence through an initial certification program prior to seeking admission into the M.Ed. (see M.A.T. in Special Education).

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 4 semesters or 1.5 years

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County School District
  • Gwinnett County School District

Program Contact

Sandy Vaughn
404-413-8040
svaughn@gsu.edu

Course Description and Classes

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