Exceptional Student Education, M.A. Comprehensive
The M.A. in Exceptional Student Education is a comprehensive program. There is a critical shortage of certified teachers, administrators, related professionals, and specialists in many areas of exceptional student education.
The comprehensive master's degree program in Exceptional Student Education is part of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit, and is designed to develop master teachers who will be prepared for instructional and leadership roles in special education.
Students will be assigned a faculty mentor who will provide career advice and advisement concerning professional issues. Students in this master’s degree program must complete a 21-semester-hour core, which includes a twelve-semester-hour Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership core and a nine-semester-hour Educational Investigative Sequence.
Students must also complete a cognate program of study of at least 15 semester hours. The following are pre-approved cognate area options:
- Special & Alternative Education
- Applied Behavior Analysis
Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.
Special & Alternative Education Specialization: Cognates in Special Education and ESE/Alternative Education
Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization: Cognates in Applied Behavior Analysis and Intensive Applied Behavior Analysis
In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the applicant must meet the following minimum departmental admission requirements for provisional admission:
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
• Submission of official transcripts
*International students may have additional requirements.
Step-By-Step Application Procedures
• Hold or be seeking current professional teaching certification*
• Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 on bachelor's degree**
• Submission of current official GRE or MAT scores***
• Submit a letter of intent that includes the following information: your background, short- and long-term goals, contributions you would like to make to your field of study, and strengths you bring to the program
• Submit contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two professional references
* Teacher certification is not required for applicants to the specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.
** Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 must submit a GRE verbal or MAT score that falls at or above the 50th percentile.
*** Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver.
To be fully admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in addition to the requirements for provisional admission (above). Full admission is required by the fifth week of the first semester. Students will be unable to register for a second semester of coursework until full admission has been granted.
• Purchase and activation of a subscription to the Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership's assessment system, Tk20, within the first week of the first semester
• Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Scale by each person identified as a professional reference
• Completion of the Professional Education Applicant Disposition Self-rating Scale within Tk20
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"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement" (Washington Student Achievement Council Degree Authorization, February 26, 2013).