M.Ed. / M.S. in Special Education (Online)
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. Additionally, the 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 applicants to the program have been general educators, special educators, behavior coaches, registered behavior technician, administrators, counselors, and therapists.
February 15 (summer admission)
Strong applicants are those who have:
- Significant work with persons with disabilities
- Significant work with 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.
M.Ed. / M.S. in Special Education does not require GRE scores.How to Apply
Degree: Master’s in Special Education
Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Master of Education
Minimum Credit Hours: 36
*Select College of Education and update credit hours
EPSY 630 Single Case Research **
SEFB 618 Applied Behavior Management in the Classroom **
SPED 601 Assessment in School Settings
SPED 602 Ethical and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis **
SPED 609 Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders **
SPED 617 Adolescent Literacy for Students with Diverse Instructional Needs
SPED 620 Bilingual Special Education
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. Additional requirements are necessary and information may be found at http://www.bacb.com
Note: The program will be changing to a seven course sequence, as opposed to a six course sequence, beginning in summer 2020. This is in alignment to the changes in the BCBA Task List Fifth Edition.
Master’s Frequently Asked Questions
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 – Apply Texas
All applicants must complete the Apply Texas 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.
If I already have letters from my recommenders can I send those in?
Yes, we will accept the paper letters, however we strongly prefer the electronic format provided as part of the online application, once you complete the Apply Texas Application through applicant.tamu.edu portal. If you have paper letters they must be sent directly to the admissions office in a signed and sealed envelope. Letters not received in a signed envelope will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to:
(U.S. Postal Service)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001
Please make sure that you submit a Document ID Sheet along with any additional documents you submit.
Is there a form for completing letters of recommendation?
Yes, this is part of the
applicant.tamu.edu portal. There is an electronic form so you will need to type in the recommender’s email address and send it to them. You may want to contact the recommender to let them know the form will be coming electronically.
What are the typical program costs?
The following website can help you estimate the cost of the program, including current costs of tuition and fees: Click here for the cost of attendance estimator
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