Admission

The Special Education Online Hybrid program includes coursework that is primarily web-based and asynchronous, yet each course includes regular, live (in-person), synchronous sessions at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio. Given the online hybrid nature of our program, international students, with the exception of students participating in our Bermuda Partnership, are not eligible for admission.

Applicants for graduate study must have earned a US equivalent 4-year baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree from an accredited institution. The SEOH program prefers candidates whose cumulative GPAs are at least 3.0. However, it will consider applicants with GPAs as low as the Graduate School's minimum grade point average of 2.75. Students are admitted as a cohort to begin the program each fall or spring semester.

Applicants seeking their first teaching license must apply for the master’s degree program. Their coursework will include the courses necessary to earn an intervention specialist’s license. Applicants who have teaching licenses in a field other than special education may choose to apply for the master’s degree or the licensure-only option. Licensed intervention specialists are also welcome to apply for the master’s degree in special education. The master’s degree curriculum for all students includes the requisite coursework for K-12, Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist licensure.

Master’s degree applicants will submit all of their application materials online to Miami University Graduate School. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded with one’s application. However, admitted students must mail to the Graduate School official transcripts prior to enrollment. The Graduate School address is: Miami University, 501 E. High Street, Room 102 Roudebush Hall, Oxford, OH 45056.

Licensure-only applicants will submit their "Continuing Graduate Status" applications and fee directly to the Graduate School. They must submit all other items and a copy of their current teaching license(s) via email to the SEOH program. Any licensure-only student who later decides to pursue the M.Ed. must submit a degree-seeking application prior to registering for her/his 12th credit hour of the licensure program.

Application Requirements

The required application items are as follows:

  • Graduate School Application
    • The "Domestic" application is for US citizen degree-seekers (licensure+degree as well as degree-only)
    • The 'International" application is for Bermuda College Partnership students only (licensure+degree as well as degree-only)
    • The 'Continuing Graduate Status' application is for domestic and international Bermuda College Partnership students licensed in another area and who wish to add the IS license but do not wish to pursue a degree
  • College transcripts
  • Copy of teaching license (licensure-only applicants)
  • Personal statement describing reasons for pursuing a career in special education and one's ability to complete online coursework
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Three professional letters of recommendation addressing one’s potential for advanced graduate study

Deadlines and Notification

The SEOH program admits students in the fall and spring terms only. All application materials should be received by the date corresponding to the program type and term below for admission consideration.

  • Fall Bermuda College Partnership M.Ed. program application deadline - June 15
  • Fall Bermuda College Partnership Licensure-only program application deadline - July 1
  • Fall Domestic M.Ed. program application deadline - July 1
  • Fall Domestic Licensure-only application deadline - August 1
  • Spring DomesticM.Ed. program application deadline - January 1
  • Spring Domestic Licensure-only application deadline - January 15

The SEOH program practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed as they are received. Decisions are made within four to six weeks.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Program tuition and fees are dependent upon residency, term and course of study. Please visit the One Stop for Student Success Services website for details regarding tuition and fees.

Miami University strives to help students afford a graduate education. Of particular assistance, the Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) Scholarship provides professional educators a 50% tuition and fee reduction for graduate credit. Students may contact Miami’s One Stop for Student Success Services office with any questions about financial aid. The One Stop office works with our students to help bring a Miami education within reach.