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Special Education, M.Ed.


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education is a professional graduate degree that serves experienced teachers who have obtained an undergraduate degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License and who wish to be collaborative instructional leaders who are knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive to equity and diversity.  Upon completion of the 33 credit hour program, graduates will qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License.

There are two majors for the M.Ed. in Special Education:  (1) Special Education or (2) Academically or Intellectually Gifted.  For the Major in Special Education, a bachelor’s degree with a Major in Special Education and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or its equivalent from another state) are required.  For the Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG), a bachelor’s degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License in any content area from North Carolina or its equivalent from another state is required.

Program of Study


The Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) is a professional graduate degree that serves experienced teachers who obtained an undergraduate degree and a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License and who wish to be collaborative instructional leaders who are knowledgeable, effective, reflective, and responsive to equity and diversity. Upon completion of the 33-hour program, graduates will qualify for the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License.

Additional Admission Requirements


  1. Official transcripts of all previous work beyond high school documenting an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  2. Official agency reports of satisfactory GRE or MAT test scores (30th percentile or above). Potential students who are applying directly for admission to the M.Ed. in Special Education - Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) should provide official agency reports of satisfactory GRE or MAT test scores (30th percentile or above). Applicants who previously have received a grade of A in three (if the fourth course is in progress at the time of application) or all four of the 4 Graduate Certificate courses in AIG at UNC Charlotte may waive the GRE/MAT score requirement.  Students who have received one or more course grades below A in UNC Charlotte graduate certificate courses in AIG are not eligible for this waiver and must provide GRE or MAT scores with their application to the M.Ed.  Note: Waiver requests should be sent to the AIG Graduate Program Director.
  3. At least three evaluations from professional educators familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications
  4. An essay of one to two pages describing the applicant’s experience and objective in undertaking graduate study
  5. Apply online at gradadmissions.uncc.edu

Degree Requirements: Major in Special Education


Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)


Select elective courses within a single concentration:

  • Adapted Curriculum (add-on license)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (graduate certificate)
  • Educational Leadership (add-on license)
  • General Curriculum (add-on license)
  • Other, as developed with approval of advisor

Degree Requirements: Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG)


Total = 33 Credit Hours


Clinical Field Experiences


Most courses require students to apply the knowledge learned in classes to public/private school classrooms.

Capstone Experiences


The capstone experience is fulfilled by completing a Master’s Research Project.

Elective Courses


The Major in Special Education includes 12 elective credit hours in a Concentration.  These hours enable students to add on an additional North Carolina teaching license in Adapted Curriculum or General Curriculum, or students may select an individualized set of courses for their Concentration requirements with approval by their advisor.  The Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted has no elective credit hours.

Advising


Upon acceptance into the program all students are assigned an advisor. Students are expected to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss their coursework.

Licensure


Successful completion leads to the North Carolina Standard Professional 2 (SP2) Professional Educator’s License in Special Education or in Special Education: Academically or Intellectually Gifted, as appropriate to the major.

Committees


Each student will have a committee of two graduate faculty members who will provide guidance through their research project.

Research Opportunities/Experiences


The Special Education faculty continuously achieves regional, state, and national recognition in scholarship, teaching, and research. As a result students will have the opportunity to become involved in an applied research project.

Program Accreditation/Approval


All teacher education programs at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Both the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Special Education, and the M.Ed. in Special Education, Major in Academically or Intellectually Gifted, have been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education.