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M.Ed. in Special Education

Empower yourself to make an impact. Whether you are seeking your first license, adding to your existing license, or seeking to earn a Master of Education degree, there is a program option for you.

Quick Facts

This program is available to Ohio residents and international partners only.

12-24 months


August 1

Application deadline

Fall 2021

Next program start date

Cost varies

By program track

Foundational skills. Faculty expertise. Fast licensure.

Earn intervention specialist licensure in a year or a master's degree in fewer than two years. The Special Education online program is structured to quickly and efficiently license intervention specialists. Learn from faculty with an exceptionally strong commitment to teaching and extensive special education practitioner experience.

The pathway you need to advance

With four curriculum tracks, there are options for both educators who are currently licensed and for students who do not currently hold a teaching license in any area. Work towards your initial teaching license in mild/moderate special education or build upon your pre-existing knowledge with advanced coursework.

Learn today, teach tomorrow

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to design instruction and advocate for students with mild/moderate disabilities in inclusive educational settings, and to become a leader in the field of special education.

Get Started with Admission

To apply for the M.Ed. in Special Education online, you'll need:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (with at least a 2.75 grade point average)
  • 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/CV
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation addressing one's potential for advanced graduate study

Applicants seeking their first teaching license must apply for the master’s degree program. 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.

Invest in Your Future

  • Scholarships available: K-12 teachers can apply for the TEAM scholarship, which covers 50% of tuition costs.
  • Top value: Miami University has been named a top 100 best value nationwide by Forbes and Kiplinger's Personal Finance. 
  • Strong ROI: Our Oxford campus ranked top 20 online college for return on investment by OnlineU.
  • Career success: 98% of Master's graduates are successfully employed, continuing education, or in a volunteer/service program.

The Miami Student Experience

As a student in the Miami Online program, you’ll have the academic support you need to be successful, as well as the technical support and assistance with cost and aid you may need along the way.

What does the program look like for me?

Learn more about program curriculum or transfer credits.

How do I use military or veteran benefits?

Get help using your tuition assistance or other benefits.

Put Yourself on the Track to Succeed

Apply today and learn why more Ohioans receive master's degrees in special education from Miami University than from any other university in Ohio.