Students pursuing the Master's of Education Specialty (Noncertification) Program in Special Education may earn the 30 hour Master's of Education (MEd) or the 36 hour Master's of Arts (MA) degree. Those interested in completing the thesis option pursue the MA degree. The program can be part or full time, but continuous registration is required. The Master's Specialty Program provides students an opportunity to develop competence in any area of special education. The student and adviser develop a plan of study that complements the background and career plans of the prospective student with required and elective coursework. The MEd Specialty Program is for individuals with the following backgrounds:
- Certified special education teachers
- Allied professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy; these individuals do not wish to obtain special education certification
- Early childhood, elementary, or secondary general educators
In the State of Maryland, teachers with initial certification in a general education area can take the Special Education PRAXIS II test (htpp://www.ets.org) to obtain special education certification through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Certification and Accreditation. The Specialty (Noncertification) Program in Special Education can be designed to include coursework that will facilitate the passing of the Special Education PRAXIS II test.
For more information regarding the Master's Specialty Program in Special Education, please contact a special education faculty member directly via email.