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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.
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university.
  • Special education teachers who are currently certified in special education and have a desire to gain advanced knowledge.
  • Individuals who have a background in a related field (psychology, social work, criminology, speech and language, general education, etc.), and do not want to be a classroom teacher, but are interested in obtaining advanced pedagogy, methods, and strategies to work with individuals with disabilities in non-educational settings such as clinics, hospitals and facilities.

  • 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
[email protected]

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