Graduate Admissions

Special Education (M.Ed.) - Certification

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Special Education?

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. Many students are full-time working professionals seeking to advance or change careers, including those who intend to become special education teachers and leaders.

Preparation for Certification

This is an initial certification in special education. If you currently hold a teaching license, at the completion of this program you will be eligible to receive an endorsement in special education. The program provides the skill development and knowledge base established by the Council for Exceptional Children's Standards for Beginning Special Educators. Completion of course requirements meets the Maryland State Department of Education's Special Education Generic Certification in

  • Infant–primary (birth-grade 3), or
  • Elementary–middle (grades 1-8), or
  • Secondary–adult (grades 6-12+) levels.

The program emphases are:

  • inclusive practices,
  • collaboration and consultation,
  • translation of effective instruction,
  • assessment,
  • research into practice, and
  • cross-categorical disability approach.

Flexible Formats

Classes are offered at convenient on-campus and off-campus locations in evenings or late afternoons to accommodate working professionals. In addition, Towson Learning Network (TLN) partners with local school districts to provide complete M.Ed. programs at locations within their districts. To access a current listing of partnerships visit TLN.

Apply Your Skills in the Classroom

Upon completion of content courses students are required to complete a semester-long internship/student teaching experience. Students requesting placement will work with the Center for Professional Practice (CPP) to secure an internship.  Students who are currently teaching may request an on-the-job internship placement.


Andrea Parrish
Program Director







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