Special Education (MED)


Special Education, MEd

On Campus 36 cr

The Barkley Center, home to the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, provides a stimulating environment for educational, clinical, and research activities.


Learning to assist individuals with special education needs or those with communication disorders of speech, language, balance, or hearing is central to programs in the department.

Students can take many classes in special education online.


  1. Early Childhood Special Education
  2. Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  3. Orientation and Mobility
    Course List
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    SPED 846 Visual Impairments: Characteristics 3
    SPED 854 Basic Skills: Orientation & Mobility 3
    SPED 859 Assessment in Orientation & Mobility 3
    SPED 864 Advanced Skills: Orientation & Mobility 3
    Total 12
  4. Visual Impairments

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement: Address the following: 1) Why do you want to pursue a Master's degree and what skillset do you want to acquire that you wouldn't otherwise have without this degree? 2) What challenges do you anticipate experiencing in graduate school (e.g., balancing work and/or family, time management), and what strategies will you use to overcome the challenges? 3) How do you monitor learning, at what stage do you determine you need to alter your approach to studying, and what would those changes entail? Your answers will also be judged based on the quality of your writing.
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Funding/Assistantships:  To be considered for a Teaching or Research Assistantship: 1) Check the appropriate boxes in the Funding section of the admisson application's Additional Information page. 2) Complete the SECD Graduate Assistantship Application.

Admission Application Deadlines

January 15 for Fall.

Graduate Chair

Angela Dietsch

Support Staff

Jill England

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