M.A.Ed. in Special Education

The M.A.Ed. program is for those teachers who have an “A” level license in education. Teachers with licenses in areas other than special education may have to take some prerequisite courses. The program consists of a professional core, a special education core, and a concentration in one of the following areas: behavioral disorders, gifted creative and innovative education, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or severe/profound disabilities.

Admission Criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 average on last half of undergraduate program or 2.85 overall GPA
  • A written essay
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Acceptance into Western Carolina University's Graduate School

Program: 30 - 33 semester hours of graduate study:

  • 12 semester hours professional core
  • 18 - 21 semester hours in the concentration area
  • Exit portfolio

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