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

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

This program is for applicants who are seeking licensure in Special Education in Virginia.

Prepare to make a real difference in students’ lives by becoming a K-12 special education teacher. Our 24-, 28- or 32-month online and field-based Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education program will teach you the theory and skills to gain initial teacher certification in Virginia and earn a Special Education licensure.

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Graduates of the M.Ed. in Special Education degree program will gain instructional, assessment and behavior management skills to help all students, including those with special needs, reach their full potential.

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This course combines online classes with coached field experiences and student teaching assignments supervised by special education teachers. You

will also analyze current research in special education. 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


This program is presented in an accelerated, cohort-based format that allows you to earn your teacher certification in as little as two years. You’ll take classes no more than two at a time in eight-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes accommodate productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor. You will be required to complete field experience hours and a student teaching placement in order to earn your VA teacher certification in the area of Special Education. Students will be required to meet online with the university supervisor.

Who This Teacher Preparation Program Is For

The M.Ed. in Special Education is for teachers seeking initial VDOE licensure and Special Education Teacher. You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and provide official transcripts from all academic institutions attended. Students with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To comply with CAEP accreditation, candidates must attempt and report official scores for the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) and Math Praxis (5733) to the Graduate Admissions Department. Averett may accept you into the program on a probationary basis if you submit proof you have scheduled these exams prior to starting class. Students without passing scores may be accepted on a four-course monitor.


Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned an M.Ed. in Special Education. Upon successful completion of the required licensure exams (including the VCLA Exam, the RVE Exam, the Praxis CORE and the Praxis Subject Assessments (if applicable)), graduates will be eligible for initial teaching licensure in the area of Special Education for grades K-12.


Request more information on our M.Ed. – Special Education K-12, VDOE Licensure and other graduate and professional studies programs by completing the form on this page. Or, if you’re ready to get started:


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. Successful completion of the required licensure exams is necessary for certification.

Students will be required to complete a full-time student teaching placement under the supervision of Averett faculty in order to be eligible for certification.

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.

"You can use what you learn here in the real world. Averett absolutely prepares you for success - not only in this country, but globally."

- Adrienne Riley, BBA '16 and MED '18

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"It's very flexible with your schedule. I work full time, I volunteer, I play sports, and I actually work part time, so I'm able to juggle all of this and get my master's degree at the same time."

- Tamara Poles, MED Curriculum & Instruction '17

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