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

The Special Education is an online and cohort-based program that enrolls a new cohort of experienced general education teachers each summer. The Special Education degree program is structured, completing the 36 credit-hour programs in six semesters (two years). The M.Ed. in Special Education has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and meets the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards.

The Special Education degree coursework is entirely online and taught by graduate faculty utilizing technology to provide synchronous and asynchronous content delivery, feedback, and supervision as you complete field experience at your current work setting.

The online master’s degree in Special Education: General Curriculum will prepare you to serve students with disabilities in various teaching and leadership roles in P-12 schools. The program includes three electives to provide content delivery for your interest (e.g., autism, preschool special education, reading, and English to speakers of other languages)

The Masters in Special Education degree prepares practicing educators to be teacher-leaders in Special Education - General Curriculum. The program provides initial certification in special education for experienced educators in other fields and prepares teachers to educate an increasingly diverse population of students in Georgia through inclusive practices.

The program of study in the M.Ed. in Special Education - General Curriculum begins with an inclusive core of course work in curriculum development, collaborative practices, and content area teaching strategies in reading and writing. Upon completing the program, you may also become eligible to receive an endorsement in Reading or ESOL or a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Degree Requirements

To complete the Masters in Special Education, you must

  1. Complete a minimum of
    • 27 credit hours of required core coursework; and
    • Nine credit hours of elective courses.
  2. Meet KSU's requirements for satisfactory graduate student performance and graduation, as outlined in the Academic Policies section of the KSU Graduate Catalog.

The faculty and staff are here to support and assist you in making your experience individualized and meaningful for a long career. Kennesaw State is THE place in Georgia for innovative and supportive teacher training.

Admissions Requirements

Please review the admissions requirement for the Masters of Education in Special Education degree in the graduate catalog.

Transfer Credit

If you have taken graduate courses at another accredited institution, they will be evaluated and approved by the department chair.

  • A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit (with grades of “B” or better) may be applied toward a degree program.
  • No courses more than five years old at the time of evaluation will be accepted for transfer credit.
  • Transfer credit includes all course work earned before admission to the M.A.T. program in full standing (maximum nine semester hours), whether earned at another institution or Kennesaw State University. 

What Can You Do with A Masters of Education in Special Education degree?

A Masters of Education in Special Education degree can lead to various professional jobs such as:

  • Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • Educational Audiologist
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Special Education Advocate
  • Special Education Teacher

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Masters of Education in Special Education Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Approved by the GPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission fully supports all degrees for the Specialist in Secondary and Middle Grades Education at Kennesaw State University
  • 100% Online — The Ed.S. in Secondary and Middle Grades education is entirely online, providing you with flexibility for a balanced work-learn life.
  • Transferability —You may apply for up to 9 credit hours from an accredited graduate education program.

Department Contact Information

Kennesaw State University
Department of Inclusive Education

Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building 
580 Parliament Garden Way NW
Kennesaw, GA 30144 
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1Program tuition is an estimate based on the average student's time to complete. Costs for books, travel, other miscellaneous fees (parking, labs, graduation, etc.) are not included. Tuition and fee changes are posted in the Spring and are effective for Fall semester. Please note that fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term without prior notice. For additional information, see tuition and fees or graduate program financial aid.