Online M.Ed. / M.S. in Special Education
The online master’s degree in Special Education is intended for individuals with a solid background in education, behavior, disability, or related fields.
A teaching certificate is not required, but teaching or clinical experience working with individuals with disabilities is highly desirable. Interested individuals should have a commitment to work in the field or pursue additional graduate training after receiving a degree.
Our program works best for professionals who are self-motivated and can manage the rigor of a 36-credit hour, two-year fully online master’s program.
Successful graduates of the program have gone into roles such as:
- General educators
- Special educators
- Behavior coaches
Summer admission: February 15
Strong applicants have:
- Significant work with persons with disabilities
- Significant work with both culturally and linguistically diverse groups
- Interest and/or experience in behavior analysis
To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the department of Educational Psychology and Texas A&M University.
The master’s program in Special Education does not require GRE scores.How to apply
Degree: Master’s in Special Education
Degrees Offered: Master of Education, Master of Science
Minimum Credit Hours: 36
Select School of Education and update credit hours.
EPSY 630: Single Case Experimental Design**
SPED 601: Assessment in School Settings**
SPED 602: Ethical and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis**
SPED 604: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis**
SPED 605: Leadership in Applied Behavior Analysis**
SPED 611: Multicultural and Bilingual Special Education
SPED 617: Adolescent Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs
SPED 628: Consultation in Special Education
SPED 630: Early Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs
SPED 632: Transition Education and Services for Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 642: Prevention, Support, and Intervention for Students with Emotional and Behavior Problems**
SPED 699: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis**
** Coursework required for students seeking certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts and the ABA graduate certificate. Learn more about certification requirements.
DIRECTOR OF BEHAVIORAL LEARNING INTERVENTIONS FOR CHILDREN (BLINC) LAB, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Frequently Asked Questions
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Can my Application fee be waived?
Yes. This fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, you must submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA can also be submitted to show financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Submit this information to the Academic Affairs Business Office (https://finance.tamu.edu/contact-list/academic-affairs-business-services-3) and include your major of interest and term of application. Waiver of application fee is not available for international students.
Is supervision of experience requirements offered?
It is the responsibility of students to independently seek out supervision opportunities. TAMU does not provide supervision for practicum hours.
Statement of Purpose Essay
All applicants must complete the Essay, Statement of Purpose and explain the following:
- Why you applied to this program
- Academic background and training
- Potential for graduate study
- Research experience
- Other relevant professional experiences
I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship – how do I apply?
Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.
Can I send supplemental materials?
You can send us anything you like, and will keep them in our application file. However, we will not upload these items to your file. If you want items such as a professional paper or resume included for review, you need to upload these items to the application as we cannot upload them on your behalf.
How do is submit my letters of Recommendation?
The GraduateCAS online application includes a Recommendations section where you must add your recommenders’ information. Once you have saved the recommendation requests, GraduateCAS will contact each recommender via email to request the completion of the recommendation form and letter of recommendation. We require three letters of recommendations and they must be submitted directly by recommenders through the electronic system.
What are the typical program costs?
Please note, you must update the program hours.
Can you guide me through the application process?
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid