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Master of Education - Special Education at Frostburg State University

Master of Education – Special Education

Become a licensed teacher of children with special needs

The Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education equips certified classroom teachers with the additional skills required to meet the learning needs of children facing exceptional challenges. The program looks at every element of the special education environment, from understanding exceptionalities and developing appropriate instructional content and practices to planning, managing behaviors and collaborating with others.

  • Complete the program online, or if desired, on campus in Frostburg and Hagerstown.
  • Choose from two levels of specialization – grades 1-8 or grades 6-12 – and work to attain special education certification at that level.
  • Enroll in a master’s program that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – NCATE.
  • Begin the program if you hold or are eligible for certification as a public school teacher.

Other MEd degree concentrations available at Frostburg State University and USM Hagerstown:

Master of Education – Special Education Highlights:

  • Full time graduate students will spend more than 300 hours in the classroom working with special needs students, including a practicum experience.
  • Complete a capstone action research project exploring a special education classroom need, researching potential solutions, proposing and implementing your plan and analyzing outcomes.
  • Learn to diagnose educational difficulties in children and be able to prescribe educational programs to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Gain classroom skills for effectively teaching students with special needs.
  • Acquire the skills needed to serve as an inclusion resource teacher for general education classroom teachers.
  • Join our Phi Delta Kappa chapter, which is the international fraternity for men and women in education. The organization actively promotes the interests and education of professional educators.

About Our Master of Education – Special Education Faculty:

  • Learn from educators who are experienced in working with special needs children.
  • Be advised by faculty members who are deeply committed to your development as a special education instructor.

Sample Master of Education – Special Education Courses:

Characteristics of Exceptional Children – Study etiology, diagnosis, physical, emotional and social characteristics of exceptional children including the gifted and mentally or physically challenged.

Instructional Content and Practices for Exceptional Children – Learn about instructional strategies and practices to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, including academic, behavioral, medical, self-management, communication, vocational/career and general curriculum integrative needs.

Managing Student Behavior and Social Interaction Skills – Explore strategies for promoting learning for students with behavior disorders. The class includes a 10-week field experience component.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Education - Special Education program requirements (PDF).

Also see: FSU’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Ed.D.

Career Outlook for Special Education Teachers:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 6 percent growth in positions for special education teachers through 2022. Growth will be driven by continued demand for special education instructors to help those facing learning, mental, emotional and physical challenges in the classroom, and retirement of those currently holding such positions. Six percent growth represents the addition of approximately 26,600 positions. For more information about opportunities, work environment and pay, visit (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Special Education Teachers).

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