All Special Education MEd programs with teacher certification are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Program features include the following:

  • Focus on Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Behaviors Disorders, Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Delays, and Physical and Other Health Impairments.
  • Rigorous and relevant coursework to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for successful teaching careers in special education
  • Focus on evidence based instructional practices and decision making
  • Year Long Internship (Field Experience) in inclusive, diverse classrooms
  • Program ranked 11th in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Excellent Job Opportunities in Maryland and Nationally
  • Certification Reciprocity with 49 States

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Admission Requirements

Complete the online Graduate School Application.

  1. A grade point average of 3.0 or better (based on a 4.0 system) from an accredited undergraduate institution;
  2. A grade point average of 3.5 or better in any previous graduate work from an accredited institution;
  3. All students applying to MEd degree or AGS program must take and pass the Basic Skills examination and meet the State of Maryland passing criteria. Information about the praxis can be found at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/certification/certification_branch/testing_information/praxis1.html
  4. Those applying to MA degree program must have a score on the Graduate Record Exam or MAT at or above the 40th percentile rank;
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's academic capabilities, work experience, and professional characteristics;
  6. A statement of career goals including:
    • relevant background information, professional experiences, certification status;
    • if not certified, whether you wish to be certified in special education;
    • intended area of study if seeking the Master’s Specialty Program (e.g., Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Early Childhood, Severe Disabilities; Transition); and
    • other information the candidate feels is pertinent to the decision of the admissions committee; and
  7. Evidence of writing skills via the statement of career goals and educational interests
  8. Students applying for teacher certification will be contacted for an in-person or phone interview
  9. For international applicants, minimum TOEFL scores of 100 are required.

For more information visit the graduate admission requirements webpage. Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines.  If you are unsure of your area of interest you may request information by submitting an Inquiry Form.  

MEd/Certification Deadlines:
*Fall Domestic: March 5

Admission Procedures

  1. Review the EDSP admission requirements for MA, MEd, and AGS graduate students in the Special Education Master's Degree Programs Handbook.
  2. Contact faculty members associated with concentration area if you have specific questions or wish to discuss an area in more detail
  3. Complete admission application Online (Note:  Area of Interest 1 and Area of Interest 2 are required fields for the MEd Certification programs in the Hobson Application.  Please select ALL Areas of Interests to ensure your application will be directed to the appropriate program for review) . In your goal statement, specify your research interests and professional goals. You may request a specific faculty advisor if appropriate.
  4. All application materials must be received before the Special Education Program's Graduate Admission Committee Reviews the applicant's materials. This includes your Basic Test scores for MEd degree or GRE/MAT scores for MA degree.
  5. The Graduate Admission Committee recommends admit or reject. The final decision is made by the graduate school. Provisional acceptance may be recommended for a limited number of applicants.

Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of Frequently Asked Questions.  For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

Please contact the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, or (301) 405-2364.

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Carol Scott at (301) 405-8384 or cscott18@umd.edu.

Visit the College of Education Scholarship opportunities webpage. 

Visit the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship web page for additional funding opportunities 

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website.

1 Year Full Time Option (39-42 credit hours):  Elementary/Middle Special Education Teacher Preparation Program - Grades 1-8 Curriculum 

2 Year Full Time Option (45-48 credit hours):  Elementary/Middle Special Education (Grades 1-8) AND Severe Disabilities Teacher Preparation Program Curriculum 

The MEd  2 Year option in Elementary/Middle Special Education and Severe Disabilities Certification is completed in two, full-time academic years. At the satisfactory completion of the program, students are recommended for Maryland certification in Elementary/Middle (Grades 1-8) and in Severe Disabilities (Birth -21). This program includes field experiences and blocked coursework during the first year of the program and a yearlong internship and blocked coursework in the second year.

Fall Semester I

*EDSP470 Introduction to Special Education (Course may be offered in summer if taken, take EDSP411)

*EDSP613 Behavior & Classroom Management in Special Education (Course may be offered in summer)

EDSP602 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities I

EDSP443 Language Development & Reading Acquisition

EDSP652 Curriculum & Instruction: Elementary/Middle Special Education

Attend Red Folder Meeting

Spring Semester 2

*EDSP615 Assessment in Special Education (Course may be offered in summer)

*EDSP616 Reading & Writing Instruction in Special Education I

EDSP603 Instruction of Students with Physical Disabilities

EDSP614 Instruction of Students with Severe Disabilities II

EDSP683 Assessment & Instruction in Mathematics

Recommend Take Praxis II

Fall Semester 3

EDSP692 Graduate Internship I: Elementary/Middle 3 half days

EDSP684 Literacy approaches in Elementary/Middle Special Education II

EDSP604 Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

EDSP687 Family Partnerships in Special Education

EDSP411 Universal Design for Learning

Pass Praxis II before Internship II EDSP695

Spring Semester 4

EDSP695 Graduate Internship II: Elementary/Middle Special Education

EDSP690 Teacher Candidate Research Seminar in Special Education

Instructional Inquiry Project, edTPA

Apply for Graduation, Submit Program of Study

Electives: EDSP606 Inclusive Practices

Severe Disabilities Special Education Teacher Preparation Program Curriculum 

The Severe Disabilities Program (30 credit hours) prepares individuals to work with students having severe disabilities from birth through grade 12. This program is for those interested in becoming certified in severe disabilities in the state of Maryland. Major competency areas addressed in the program include:

  • Functional academic, community, and behavioral assessment
  • Inclusion in general education classrooms
  • Methods for accessing the general curriculum and alignment with Maryland Common Core Curriculum
  • Universal design of learning/assistive technology
  • Social and self-determination skills
  • Advocacy & support to families of individuals with disabilities
  • Collaboration among families and professionals

This option is ONLY for Maryland special education teachers who currently hold  a special education certificate. Coursework and field experiences are offered to obtain Maryland State Department of Education certification in severe disabilities. This option requires individualized advising by a faculty member in Special Education-Severe Disabilities to determine the program of study. A copy of a valid MSDE Generic Special Education Certificate must be uploaded to the graduate application. This program can be done either as a full or part time student.

This MEd program is available only when the applicant has Maryland Special Education Certification

in one or more age-based areas (i.e., Early Childhood; Elementary; or Secondary/Middle). Prior to admission to this program, a copy of a valid MSDE Generic Special Education Certificate must be provided in the application. See Notes 1, 2, and 3 below.

Fall Semester

EDSP602 Functional Assessment & Instruction in Special Education

EDSP604 Education of Students with Autism

EDSP625 Seminar in Severe Disabilities

  • Seminar Paper Requirement

EDSP687 Family Partnerships in Special Education

EDSP402 Field Placement in Special Education Age Base 3

Apply for Graduation

Complete Program of Study

Write Approved Seminar paper

Spring Semester

EDSP603 Instruction of Students with Physical Disabilities

EDSP606 Advanced Studies in Inclusive Practices

EDSP614 Functional Reading & Community Based Curriculum in Special Education

EDSP670 Single Subject Design in Special Education

Note 1:If not certified by MSDE in Generic Special Education, then EDMS 645 or EDSP 671 and EDSP600 must be added to the course sequence to receive the M.Ed. degree in Severe Disabilities. Certification cannot be recommended.

Note 2:For applicants who are certified by MSDE in General Education who will be taking the Special Education Praxis II to obtain MSDE’s Generic Special Education after acceptance into the program, a copy of a valid MSDE Generic Special Education Certificate must be provided immediately upon receipt

to remove the EDMS 645 or EDSP 671 and EDSP 600 course requirements from your program of study.

Note 3:The program can be completed on a part time basis.

Dr. Susan De La Paz, Program Director (sdelapaz@umd.edu)

Svetlana Holt Wright, Graduate Assistant (sholt125@umd.edu)

Carol Scott, Coordinator (cscott18@umd.edu)

Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year. Students should refer to the deadlines listed in Important Dates  prior to the beginning of the degree completion semester.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Carol Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
(301) 405-8384

HANDBOOKS

Visit the Department of Counseling, High Education and Special Education program handbooks and forms page.

The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 

POLICY

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

FORMS

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process.  Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required.    The forms for use by graduate students are available here.