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

Program Format: Online

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

Test Required: Praxis Core and GRE/MAT required for MEd program (GRE/MAT waived if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher)

Contact: Sarah Howorth

Contact Email: sarah.howorth@maine.edu

Program Website: Special Education

Accelerated Program Information for UMaine Undergraduates

Major Pathways: Education Majors

Accelerated Program Deadline:

When a student applies for teacher candidacy, typically during their second year in the bachelor's program.