Before applying for admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program, individuals should determine if they are eligible or can become eligible by examining the following minimum academic and professional requirements:
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution*
- A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 in their most recent degree
- Induction or Professional certificate (or eligiblity for certification) in special education
- One (1) completed and signed College of Education initial disposition assessment form
- A letter of intent (following the College of Education’s approved format)
- A College of Education’s Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative, or criminal background check as directed by the College of Education
If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator in the College of Education. Contact information is provided in the left panel of this page.
Application for admission to the Master of Education in Special Education program is a two-step process: application to the University Office of Graduate Admissions and a separate application to the College of Education. The required documents are included in the following two checklists:
Office of Graduate Admissions Application Checklist
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Payment of Application Fee
- Certificate of immunization 221K
- Lawful presence verification 360K (required for all applicants requesting in-state tuition)
- One (1) official transcript 26K from all schools -- undergraduate and graduate -- where degrees were earned or work was done (Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution.)
The preferred method of delivery is electronic. Schools that issue official transcripts electronically should submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts can be mailed directly to Graduate Admissions from the attendee
College of Education Submission Checklist
- A Letter of Intent letter of intent (following the College of Education’s approved format).
- One (1) completed and signed College of Education Initial Disposition Assessment form -- Initial disposition assessments take the place of letters of recommendation.
- Documented T-4 certification or equivalent state-issued, clear, renewable teaching certificate in special education.
- A College of Education’s Employment Verification Form signed by the appropriate school representative OR criminal background check as directed by the College of Education.
Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Education
* Note: PSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).