Master of arts (M.A.) in special education
The master of arts in educational psychology (special education) degree leads primarily to careers in research and future studies leading to the doctor of philosophy Teaching licensure may be incorporated into your M.A. program.
Choosing a specialization
Specializations are available within special education. We recommend that you choose a specialization based on the faculty member whose research is most interesting to you. Please take some time to examine faculty research projects. We encourage you to contact the appropriate faculty member for more information regarding your research interests.
10 credits in educational psychology core courses
- social psychology
4 credits in special education foundations
6 credits in a related field or minor
Thesis or project/paper credits
Plan A option (thesis)
- 10 thesis credits
Plan B option (project or paper)
- 6 credits in Research Problems + 4 additional coursework credits
Final exam or project
The final exam is oral
Minor requirements for students majoring in other fields
A master's minor requires at least 6 credits of graduate-level EPSY courses.
Graduate program support for students of culturally diverse backgrounds
- Common Ground Consortium (CGC) supports advanced graduate work in education by students of culturally diverse backgrounds who are graduates of several Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
- Scholarships, including the Rodney S. Wallace Endowed Scholarship to support Native American students
- Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE)