The Special Education Program is committed to the preparation of teachers who can assume the advanced roles which special educators are called upon to fill. We offer an integrated core and performance-based courses that meet national and state standards.

What do Special Education Teachers do?

Special education teachers work with students who have a variety of disabilities. While some work with students dealing with mental retardation or autism, the majority of special education teachers work with children with mild to moderate disabilities, using the general education curriculum, or modifying it, to meet the child's individual needs. Most special education teachers instruct students at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level. To learn more click here.

Information for Students Interested in Admission to the Special Education Master's Degree Program

Complete Graduate School Application indicating interest in admissiion to the Special Education master's program.

Once we receive your transcript evaluation from the Graduate School, we will determine if you meet the criteria to be interviewed. If your GPA is at least 3.0 in your undergraduate course work (cumulative) OR in your major OR in your upper division course work and you have submitted all required documents, you are eligible to be interviewed and to take from 6 to 9 hours during the semester in which you are interviewed. Please refer to the New Student Information Form (also attached) which explains the interview and acceptance process in greater detail.

The master's degree in Special Education is not sufficient to be certified as a Special Education teacher. You must complete an additional 6 semester hours of special education course work (SPED 4330 and SPED 4340).

Please refer to the New Student Information Form which explains the interview and acceptance process in greater detail. Follow these links for admission information and the reference letter form.

Please contact Helen Hammond at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information regarding the above.