The Special Education (M.ED.) Program provides two concentrations:
Special Education (M.ED.) leads to initial certification for individuals who already hold certification in another area.
The Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (M.ED.) does not provide certification but is for professionals who hold certification in special education or related field and want advanced content in autism spectrum disorders.
Maryland, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a critical shortage of special education teachers.
The Master of Education in special education is an applied professional program that addresses the urgent educational needs of communities nationwide. The degree program is designed for professionally certified teachers seeking advanced degrees and the professional skills required to teach students with disabilities. The program emphasizes collaboration and consultation, translation of effective instruction, assessment, management research into practice, and cross-categorical rather than disability-specific approaches.
The Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder is an applied professional program designed to meet the needs related to educating students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This master of education degree program is designed for professionals who currently hold certification in special education or a related field such as psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work.
Rosemary Rappa, Graduate Program Director