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APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2021

Offered at: Montgomery County: The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville Maryland

Responding to findings from the Kirwan Commission’s 2019 Interim Report* and reflecting the mission and vision of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education**….the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education now offers their Special Education in Early Childhood Ages Birth-Age 5 M.Ed. through outreach.  

This M.Ed. Specialty Program (30 credits) is taken part-time with early evening courses taken over 2.5 years to accommodate full-time professionals and those with families. The course sequence contains Face-To-Face, blended, and online courses. 

The program is designed for professionals with the following backgrounds:

  •  professionals who already hold an early childhood special education teacher license/certification, 

  • for professionals in early childhood interested in expanding their knowledge, skills, and abilities with those with special needs from Birth-Age 5,  

  •  or for those professionals interested in working in an early childhood special education context outside of the classroom.  

Graduate work will address the developmental and learning needs of our youngest ages birth-5 including those with physical, sensory (e.g., deaf-blindness, cortical visual impairment, etc.), and multiple disabilities.  The program focuses on providing the graduate student the knowledge, skills, and abilities that support efforts to “achieve equitable developmental and academic achievement for all”*.  

Program Goals: 

Graduate work will address the developmental and learning needs of our youngest ages birth-5 and includes coverage of the unique needs of those with physical, sensory (e.g., deaf-blindness, cortical visual impairment, etc.), and multiple disabilities.  

Graduate students can expect to: 

1. Develop and/or Expand their ability to support positive outcomes of developmentally diverse infants and young children and meet early childhood outcomes in the areas of:

a. positive social/interpersonal skills and relationships**; 

b. acquisition and use of functional knowledge and skills**; and 

c. use of appropriate behavior to meet needs**.

2. Build and Use research and evidence-based practices in the areas of assessment, instruction, and individualization that enable our youngest to be active and successful participants in their homes, in child care, in preschool, and the community.  

3. Ensure that families know their rights**, guide parents to effectively communicate their childs’ needs and desires::, and support families to provide care for their children and acquire the necessary supports and resources for their  families**.   

4. Enable those in the most challenged circumstances to achieve their true potential as they progress through the educational system and beyond”*.  

Applications should be submitted no later than January 12, 2021.  We expect this to be a competitive process and there will be a limited number of graduates admitted.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis!  

 

Example of a COURSE SCHEDULE

Year 1                                                           Year 2                                                      Year 3

Spring 2021      1 course                         Spring 2022       1 course                       Spring  2023       1 course

Summer 2021   2 courses                     Summer 2022    2 courses                     Summer 2023     1 courses

Fall 2021           1 courses                       Summer 2022     1 course                      GRADUATION

 

*From Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education

**From Maryland’s Early Intervention & Preschool Special Education System Personnel Standards Guide

Application Information and Instructions

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 12, 2021

  1. To apply online go to: https://gradapply.umd.edu
  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 January 12, 2021. 
  3. Complete the Demographics and Contact Information Sections
  4. Application Fee $75.00 (non-refundable)
    1. Educational Intent Section:
           Applicant Type: Domestic
           Level of Study: Masters
           Intended Program of Study: Special Education (M.Ed.)
           Term of Entrance: Fall, 2021
           College/School: College of Education (Prepopulated)
           Area of Interest 1:  Special Education Early Childhood (off-Campus)(MSPEC)   
  5. Upload your statement of Goals/Purpose, Interests, & Experience 
  6. 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
  7. Complete the Personal Information section
  8. Upload requirements - Submit a copy of your Resume
  9. Recommendations:  Enter three (3) recommender name and email address (note: email address is required).
  10. One of the following basic skills tests meeting the cut-off score requirement must be uploaded and submitted as part of your application. 
    Basic Skill Test 
 

Test Code

MD Score

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators:

Reading
Writing
Mathematics

  

5712
5722
5732

  

156
162
150

Praxis I: PPST/CPPST Prior to September 1, 2014

Reading
Writing
Mathematics

 

5710
5720
5730

 

177
173
177

SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal)

 

1000

SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal or Math & Critical Reading)

 

1100

SAT (after March 2016) (Math & Verbal or Math and Critical Reading)

 

1180

GRE (prior to September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

 

1000

GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

 

297

ACT

 

24

  1. *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 Admissions page and the International Student & Scholar Services page.

Required Materials for International Applicants:
• 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 completed by an ISSS approved service (for transcript and diploma/certificate) are required.
• TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson’s (PTE) is required for applicant with 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, so please ensure email addresses listed on application is accurate.  

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

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

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

Required Courses for all M.Ed. graduate students (12 credits):

Overview & Introduction for All Graduate Students

-EDSP 600: Issues & Trends in Special Education

Research

-EDSP 670: Single Subject Design in Special Education

-EDSP 671: Qualitative Methodologies in Special Education 

Best Practices

-EDSP 673: Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education 

 

Required Courses for Early Childhood Special Education Focus (18 credits)(Proposed): 

-EDSP 626: Characteristics of Infants & Young Children AND The Social and Environmental Issues that Impact Equitable Achievement

-EDSP 665: Family, Culture, Disability

-EDSP 631: Early Intervention

-EDSP 624: Assessment in Early Childhood

-EDSP 613: Positive Behavior Support

-EDSP 678A: Preschool Curriculum

 

TOTAL CREDITS:  30 credits

Dr. Agnesanne J. Danehey- Co-Program Director, adanehey@umd.edu

Carol Scott- Graduate Coordinator CHSE, cscott18@umd.edu

Judy Foster-Program Coordinator in Student Services-Application Questions ONLYjfoster@umd.edu

 Application Deadline: January 12, 2021

*For International Applicants please contact Judy Foster, Program Coordinator in Student Services, jfoster@umd.edu  for specific deadlines related to international deadlines. 

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.