Special Education Program Overview
The Special Education Program is part of the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE). Available programs in special education are designed to prepare highly qualified teachers, to provide undergraduate and graduate level course content, and to prepare researchers, teacher educators, and leaders in the field of special education.
Four Special Education Certification Program options are presented below. Each option allows teacher candidates to focus on one of three age base areas consisting of early childhood special education (Birth to Grade 3), elementary special education (Grades 1-8), and secondary/middle special education (Grades 6 - 12) and/or severe disabilities.
- B.S./M.Ed. in Special Education with Generic Age Based and Severe Disabilities Certification (five year program)
- M.Ed. in Special Education with Generic Age Based Certification (one year program)
- M.Ed. in Special Education with Generic Age Based and Severe Disabilities Certification (two year program)
- M.Ed. in Special Education with Severe Disabilities Certification Only
The Special Education Program offers the following graduate programs in the areas of Behavioral and Learning Disorders, Early Childhood Special Education including Infants and Toddlers, Secondary and Transition Special Education, and Severe Disabilities including Autism.
- M.Ed. Specialty Program (30 credits)
- M.A. in Special Education (36 credits)
- Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (30 credits beyond master’s degree)
- Ph.D. Program
The Special Education Program in the College of Education at the University of Maryland ranked #11 for 2014 in the US News and World Report. In addition, the university community, the state of Maryland, and the Washington, DC metropolitan area provide an unparalleled setting for undergraduate and graduate study. The program’s proximity to the United States Congress, advocacy and professional organizations, and governmental agencies, including the US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), provides opportunities for on-site experiences for prospective students. Public and private schools in Maryland provide opportunities for students to gain experience with a culturally and linguistically diverse student population in urban, suburban, and rural settings.