Special Education

A master’s degree (MEd) in special education provides graduates with an understanding of how to apply current evidence-based practices in PreK-12 classrooms for children with special needs. Understanding a child’s needs is essential to ensure that he or she receives the proper attention, assistance and intervention to succeed in school. Our graduates apply best practices to address the needs of students in inclusive, general-education learning environments. An Educational Specialist (EdS) degree is also offered that goes beyond the master’s level and can serve as a good introduction to graduate research in the field of special education.

Degrees offered: EdS, MEd

Application deadline: Rolling with recommended dates: August 15 (Fall), December 15 (Spring), April 15 (Summer)

Test Required: Passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test and GRE/MAT required for MEd program (GRE/MAT waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher)

Contact: Deborah Rooks-Ellis

Contact Email: deborah.l.rooks@maine.edu

Program Website: Special Education