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Online M.Ed. in Special Education

Empower yourself to make a difference with Miami University’s online Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.). Whether you are seeking your initial special education licensure, adding to your existing Ohio license, or looking for an online master's degree, there is a convenient program option to advance your career in special education.

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Quick Facts

14-24 months

M.Ed. in Special Education Program Duration. M.Ed. program available to Ohio Residents and International Partners only.

Aug. 1/Feb. 1

Fall/Spring application deadlines


Program start terms

Cost varies

By program track

Foundational skills. Faculty expertise. Fast licensure.

Miami University's Graduate Special Education Program offers the online coursework needed to earn intervention specialist licensure in as few as 10 months and a master's degree in 14 to 24 months. The four program pathways are: 

  • Ohio Special Education License Only (25 credit hours) 
  • M.Ed. without Licensure (30 credit hours)
    — Designed for students who already hold an existing Intervention Specialist license or are pursuing alternative licensure
  • M.Ed. plus Special Education Licensure (37 credit hours) 
  • M.Ed. plus Initial Teaching Licensure (49 credit hours)

The part-time program focuses on the skills and professional development needed for advanced special education training. Learn from faculty with an exceptionally strong commitment to teaching and extensive practitioner experience. Our online Special Education master's degree is structured to quickly and efficiently license intervention specialists in the State of Ohio.

Advance your career in education

With four curriculum tracks, our special education program has options for currently licensed educators, as well as for unlicensed teacher candidates. Work towards your initial teaching license as an intervention specialist or build upon your pre-existing knowledge with advanced graduate coursework.

Learn today, teach tomorrow

Gain the skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding special education career working with students with mild/moderate disabilities. Our graduate Special Education program prepares you to design instruction, advocate for inclusive educational settings, and become a leader in the field of special education.

Admissions Overview

Whether you're pursuing licensure or a master's degree, Miami University's Graduate Special Education Program provides a path for you.

Get Started with Admission

To apply for our Graduate Special Education Program, 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
  • One (1) professional letter of recommendation, preferably from someone in the field of education

Applicants seeking their first teaching license must apply for the special education 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.

An Affordable M.Ed. for your Future

  • Scholarships available: K-12 teachers can apply for the TEAM scholarship, which discounts tuition and fees.
  • 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 in the Top 20 Online Colleges 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 Online Student Experience

As you earn an M.Ed. in Special Education through Miami Online, 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.

How do I get help with aid?

Get help with tuition costs and explore financial aid options to make your online M.Ed. degree more affordable.

What does the M.Ed. in Special Education look like for me?

Learn more about program curriculum or transfer credits.

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Find Success with Miami's M.Ed. in Special Education

Apply today and learn why more Ohioans receive master's degrees in special education from Miami University than from any other university in Ohio. Our experienced faculty and convenient online coursework offer a dynamic M.Ed. in Special Education program that prepares our graduates for a rewarding career.