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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Populations

Special Populations FacultySpecial Populations faculty from left: Assistant Professor, Shawn Kent; Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director, Kristen Hassett; Associate Professors, Jacqueline Hawkins and Kristi Santi, and Professor, Augustina Reyes.

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.

Is this program for me?

The Special Populations Masters Program prepares professionals for the high-needs field of Special Education.  Graduates find abundant opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers.  The program offers two tracks:

  • Special Education Emphasis (Online) focuses on obtaining the necessary capacity for working with students with disabilities, as well as meets certification requirements to teach special education (EC-12) in the state of Texas.
  • Educational Diagnostician Emphasis (Hybrid) prepares students for certification as Educational Diagnosticians in Texas Public Schools.  Students in this program currently hold a teaching certificate in the State of Texas. This program extends teachers' special education expertise by developing the necessary skillset to assess and identify learning problems in children, consult with parents and teachers in a multidisciplinary setting, and assume leadership roles.
  • Gifted and Talented (Online) prepares students to complete supplemental certification as Gifted and Talented while providing a thorough understanding of  theory, research strategies, and best practices of gifted education.

It will typically take 2 to 3 years to complete the degree if students are enrolled full-time (9 hours per semester).

What will I learn?

Students who complete the Special Education Emphasis program:

  • Understand, assess, and evaluate the needs of students with disabilities to make instructional decisions.
  • Skillfully manage the teaching environment, including the use of assistive technology.
  • Promote students’ educational, behavioral and social performance.
  • Apply knowledge of transition issues and teaching across the lifespan.
  • Engage the roles and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Students who complete the Educational Diagnostician Emphasis program:

  • Understand federal and state disability criteria and identification procedures for determining the presence of an educational need.
  • Recognize the significance of diversity for evaluation, planning, and instruction.
  • Select, administer and interpret appropriate assessments and evaluations.
  • Understand appropriate curricula and instructional strategies for developing the academic, behavioral and social skills of students with disabilities.
  • Engage the roles and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

The Master’s in Special Populations develops professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • College of Education Core Coursework
  • Special Education Program Coursework
  • Internship and/or Practicum
  • Comprehensive Exam (or Master’s Thesis)

What can I do with my degree?

The Special Populations Master’s Program prepares educators to assume positions in:

  • Public and Private Early Childhood – 12th grade school settings
  • Educational and Social Agencies
  • Foundations
  • Public and Private Research Organizations
  • Residential Facilities

Graduates with a M.Ed. in Special Populations may pursue the following careers:

  • Community College Instructors
  • Educational Diagnosticians
  • Special Education Teachers
  • EC-12 Team Leaders
  • EC-12 Department Chairs
  • EC-12 Special Education Coordinators

To apply for this program, please visit Graduate Admissions.