The Special Education Program in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, College of Education is excited to announce its ‘Outreach’ Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialty Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities

This 30-credit hour M.Ed. is designed for professionals interested in increasing their skills and expanding their knowledge to better serve the increasing number of students with ASD and those students with SD.  The program offers graduates:

  1. Knowledge and skills in the core & associated characteristics of individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities   
  2. Opportunities to use evidence-based methods and practices to increase academic, behavior, and self-determination in students with ASD and students with SD.
  3. Knowledge about Social-Communication Challenges and Use of Strategies for students with ASD or others requiring alternative & augmentative communication (AAC) systems for persons with complex communication needs.
  4. Skills to increase behavior and classroom management to support students with ASD and SD
  5. Integration of low- through high-technology supports across all areas of development
  6. Experienced faculty committed to your success

This M.Ed. Specialty Program (30 credit hours) is taken part-time with early evening courses taken over two and a half (2.5) semesters to accommodate working professionals.  The course sequence contains some Face-2-Face courses, a few in a blended format, and a few delivered all on-line. The program is designed for professionals with the following backgrounds:

Certified Special Educators who graduated from UMD system programs

Certified special educators who graduated from other programs

Certified early childhood, elementary, or secondary general educators from UMD system programs*

Certified early childhood, elementary, or secondary general educators from other programs*

Allied professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, speech-language pathology, or social work.

Applications should be submitted no later than April 25, 2019.  We expect this to be a competitive process and there will be limited number of scholars admitted.  Decisions will be made on rolling basis.

*Please note: In the State of Maryland, teachers with initial certification in a general education area can take the Special Education PRAXIS II test 0354/5354 ( to obtain special education certification through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Certification and Accreditation.  For more information, visit MSDE’s website.

Schedule-10 courses taken across 2.5 years consecutively

YEAR 1                                                  YEAR 2                                                  YEAR 3

Summer 2019- One course          Summer 2020-Two courses         Summer 2021-Two courses

Fall 2019- One course                    Fall 2020- One course                    Fall 2021- One course

Spring 2020- One course               Spring 2021-One course

Requirements for Admission

  • 3.0 GPA from Bachelor’s degree

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.  Note: for admission purposes an unofficial transcript can be uploaded.  If accepted into the program an official will be required by the Graduate School by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

  • Statement of Goals/Purpose, Interests, and Experiences: IMPORTANT (Include the following statement at the top of your Statement of Goals/Interests, and Experiences)-I AM APPLYING FOR THE OFF-CAMPUS (OUTREACH) M.Ed. Specialty Program in ASD & Severe Disabilities

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: IMPORTANT (Include the following statement at the top of your Resume) - I AM APPLYING FOR THE OFF-CAMPUS (OUTREACH) M.Ed. Specialty Program in ASD & Severe Disabilities

Application Information and Instructions

Application Deadline: April 25, 2019

  1. To apply online go to:

  2. First, you must click on the tab to “Create Account.”  The website will guide you through that process, after which you can begin your online application.  The deadline to apply is April 25, 2019.

  3. Complete the Demographics and Contact Information Sections

  4. Application Fee $75.00 (non-refundable)

  5. Educational Intent Section:

  • Applicant Type: Domestic

  • Term of Entrance: Summer 2019

  • College/School: College of Education

  • Program of Study: Special Education (EDSP)

  • Degree: MEd

  • Area of Interest 1: Low Incidence (see note in Statement of Goals and Resume sections below)

  • Area of Interest 2 & : N/A

8. Upload your statement of Goals/Purpose, Interests, & Experience (WITH THE ADDITIONAL STATEMENT...I AM APPLYING FOR THE OFF-CAMPUS (OUTREACH) M.Ed. Specialty Program in ASD & Severe Disabilities)  

9. Previous Education: Enter Institutions you have attended (with 9 credits or more) with degree conferred posted. If previous institution(s) are international see instructions below.

Note:  Copy of official transcript(s): Bachelor’s and Master’s and any institution with 9 credits or more must uploaded into your application.  If accepted into the program, official transcript(s) will be required by the graduate school by the end of the first semester of enrollment.)  Official transcripts should be sent to:

University of Maryland College Park

Enrollment Services Operation

Room 0130 Mitchell Building

College Park, MD 20742   

10. Complete the Personal Information section

11. Upload requirements:  submit a copy of your:

  • Resume that has the additional statement…(I am applying for the Off-Campus (OUTREACH) M.Ed. Specialty Program in ASD & Severe Disabilities)

12. Recommendations:  Enter three (3) recommender name and email address (note: email address is required).

*Please make sure you upload all of the required documentation.

Information for International Applicants  

All applicants who have earned their Baccalaureate (4 year degree) from an international institution must ALSO meet ISSS admission requirements. It is recommended that applicants plan for additional time needed for IES processing.Visit the Graduate School International admission page. and the International Student & Scholar Services.

Required Materials:

  • An official copy of original degree conferred transcripts in original language with a literal English translation and a copy of the final diploma.

  • All English translations should completed by an ISSS approved service (for transcript and diploma/certificate) are required.

  • TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson’s (PTE) is required if you have international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US. United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean.

  • Applicants on a Visa must submit a copy of Visa documentation

The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Maryland assists international students in the process of applying to the university, and once admitted.  ISSS may contact applicants by email, please ensure email addresses listed on application is accurate.  

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Judy Foster at  For all program related questions contact, Dr. Agnesanne Danehey, Program Director,


EDSP M.Ed. Program Requirements

EDSP 600              Issues and Trends in Educating Individuals with Disabilities

EDSP 602              Functional Assessment & Instruction in Special Education

EDSP 603              Instruction of Students with Physical Disabilities

EDSP 604              Education of Students with Autism

EDSP 671              Qualitative Methods in Special Education

EDSP 614              Instruction of Students w/Severe Disabilities II

EDSP 670              Single Subject Research in Special Education [Single Case Design Research

EDSP 606              Advanced Studies in Inclusive Practices

EDSP 678A           Social-Communication Challenges and Strategies for Individual with ASDs

EDSP 625             Seminar in Severe Disabilities [Seminar Paper Requirement]

Dr. Agnesanne J. Danehey- Co-Program Director,

Carol Scott- Graduate Coordinator CHSE,

Judy Foster-Program Coordinator in Student Services-Application Questions ONLY,