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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 currently licensed to teach in Virginia.

Prepare to make a real difference in students’ lives by becoming a K-12 special education teacher. Our 20-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.

Goals and Course Topics

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 less than two years. You’ll take one class at a time in six- to 10-week blocks for intense study of each concept. Small classes accommodate productive discussions, participation in projects and personal attention from your instructor.

Who This Teacher Preparation Program Is For

The M.Ed. in Special Education is for teachers seeking initial VDOE licensure and Special Education licensure. You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and provide official transcripts from all academic institutions attended. Transcripts must show a 3.0 GPA in the last two years or 60 hours of bachelor degree study, and Praxis Core Academic Skills Test for Educators (or an equivalent) scores of: Reading (5712) 156; Writing (5722) 162; and Mathematics (5732) 150.


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.

"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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