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Master of Education – Special Education K-12 (Virginia Endorsement Track)

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Master of Education - Special Education K-12 (Virginia Endorsement Track)

This program is for applicants who are currently licensed to teach in Virginia.

Take the challenge to help Virginia’s special education students by preparing to earn a Special Education Endorsement. Our online, 24- or 28-month Master’s in Special Education K-12 degree program for current teachers will equip you to help students with disabilities or special needs reach their full potential.

Goals and Course Topics

As a graduate of the M.Ed. in Special Education degree program, you will be equipped to assess special-needs students and apply appropriate instructional strategies to help them meet their educational goals.

Special Education Degree Concentrations

The M.Ed. in Special Education program teaches instructional, assessment and behavior management skills. You will participate in field-based coaching sessions with skilled special education teachers and analyze current special education research. Course topics include:

  • Child development and child psychology
  • Effective student assessment methods
  • Evaluating, designing and implementing curriculum for students of varying abilities
  • Integrating teaching and technology for disabled students
  • Developing support teams for special-needs learners
  • Classroom and behavior management

Master’s in Special Education Format

This program is presented online over 24- or 32-months in an accelerated, cohort-based format. You’ll take no more than two classes at a time in eight-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes allow productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor. You will have local field experiences embedded in the coursework throughout the program. Students will be required to meet online with the university supervisor.

Who This Special Education Master's Program Is For

The M.Ed. in Special Education K-12 Endorsement Track is for teachers who can prove they are currently licensed in Virginia and have official transcripts from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning. Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education and be eligible to add a K-12 Endorsement in the area of Special Education to his/her VA teaching license.


Admissions requirements, transfer credit guidelines and graduate requirements are outlined in our GPS Catalog. An Admissions Counselor will help you order your official transcripts and Averett will pay the associated costs. We will evaluate your transcripts to determine the degree program for which you qualify.

Program and course requirements are subject to change.

In lieu of a thesis, students will complete a Comprehensive Exam by responding online to a set of essay questions over the space of a weekend.


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