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School of Education
6740 Alexander Bell Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Gifted Education, Early Childhood Special Education (MDSE Certification - Generic Special Education)
The full-time master’s degree in special education is for individuals seeking their initial teacher certification to work with students who have mild to moderate disabilities, including learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, and mild intellectual disibility.
This 39-credit program, which can be completed in four semesters, is designed to prepare highly effective special educators who plan to work in challenging urban-based school environments. Teacher certification options are available at the elementary/middle school (grades one through eight) or secondary/adult levels (grades six through 12).
The program provides instruction and applied experiences in legal issues, psycho educational assessment, data-based decision making, instructional programming, behavior management, and collaborative programming among general and special educators. Students will learn to apply specialized techniques within a continuum of educational settings working to improve students identified with varying disabilities.
Graduates of this program are eligible for certification in generic special education in Maryland. Graduate must achieve qualifying scores on Praxis I (or one of the alternative State approved tests) prior to admission and Praxis II prior to the second internship.
Part-Time Programs - Certification
Early Childhood Special Education (MDSE Certification - Generic Special Education)
Mild To Moderate Disabilities - Elementary/Middle or Secondary/Adult (MDSE Certification - Generic Special Education)
Severe Disabilities (MDSE Certification - Severely and Profoundly Disabled).
Part-Time Programs - Non-Certification
General Special Education Studies
Severe Disabilities: Emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999