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Master of Education in Special Education

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Special Education Master of Education

The master of education in special education program prepares candidates as teachers of students with disabilities. Special education teachers address the professional challenge of designing instruction that meets the needs of children and youth with disabilities.
Special Education offers emphasis areas in Instructional Specialist Birth through 4th Grade, and Instructional Specialist 4th through 12th Grade. The program includes some online components.

Admission Requirements for All Emphases

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate courses, OR a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. An applicant who does not meet the regular GPA requirement may qualify for conditional admission. The minimum GPA is 2.5 and may be supplemented with a score of 1000 on the GRE.
Favorable recommendation from faculty in the program
Valid teacher license (Arkansas or other state)
Degree Requirements for All Emphases
All candidates must satisfy the Common Core competencies for special education along with performance standards established for emphasis areas. Each emphasis area requires a portfolio of scholarship as a culminating experience. Candidates in the MEd in Special Education Program are required to pass state-required Praxis II assessments. Specific requirements for each emphasis area are listed below.

Core Special Education

  • SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
  • SPED 7309 Seminar in Special Education
  • SPED 7302 Technology in Special Education
  • SPED 7305 Managing the Learning Environment
  • SPED 7343 Disability Law
  • SPED 7351 Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 7390 Assessment in SPED Practicum
  • EDFN 7303 Research in Education

Graduation Requirements for All Emphases

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined in the emphasis section
  • Prepare and present a portfolio of scholarship
  • Pass the required Praxis II
  • Emphasis areas may have additional graduation requirements


In Arkansas, licensure in special education is an endorsement that requires applicants to have a standard license in general education or Special Education. Recommendation for licensure in special education is possible prior to completion of the degree.
Individuals seeking information about an Additional Licensure Plan (ALP) in an area of special education should consult the Arkansas Department of Education web site found at for the appropriate documents.

Ongoing Program Assessment

All candidates, regardless of program of study, must complete assessments in Chalk and Wire. Ongoing assessment is facilitated inside coursework and in direct observations. Candidates also are required to submit evidence related to gateway benchmarks to demonstrate progress in the program. More information regarding benchmark assessments please follow the link for Chalk and Wire Assessments.

Updated 5.16.2014