Dec 19, 2018  
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education, MAEd

The M.A.Ed. Program in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Special Education-General Curriculum (K-12) prepares special education teachers to work in a variety of educational settings. Graduates of this program are qualified for licensure to teach K-12 students with varying disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders) whose individual education programs are based on the general curriculum of the school district.

Students who have an undergraduate degree in arts and sciences, elementary education, or secondary education may apply to this program. Successful applicants to this program will demonstrate the dispositions, experiences, and commitment to teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings.

Candidates in the initial M.A.Ed. program enroll in two sections of student teaching and spend ten weeks student teaching at one level of education (elementary or middle/high school) and another eight weeks at a different level during a second semester to meet program requirements for K-12 internships.

Students in the Special Education-General Curriculum (K-12) master's degree program are required to: (a) earn at least a B- grade in designated "methods" courses (CRIN X51 , CRIN X56 , and CRIN X52  or CRIN X86 ); (b) complete all courses and requirements from previous semesters; and (c) earn an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for completed courses prior to being allowed to register for and complete their second student teaching experience. Students are also required to successfully complete their program portfolio prior to graduation.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for full-time study are considered with the January 15 application deadline date, and 14-month, two-year, and parttime options for program completion are available.  Applications for part-time study are considered with the October 1 and January 15 deadline dates.


Praxis Core Academic Skills (or the equivalent) must be passed by the time students have completed 12 credit hours of coursework and prior to their first student teaching experience.

*If exempted from EDUC F11  for any reason, the student must notify the Office of Teacher Education and Professional Services in order to complete a required training module in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting.

Culminating Experience (3 Credit Hours)


VCLA,  RVE, First Aid, CPR, and AED training must be passed prior to graduation.

First Aid, CPR and AED for Virginia Licensure.

Total Hours: 48-50

Additional Information:

** If not completed at the baccalaureate or master's level within the past five years.