Masters (M.Ed. Degree) in Special Education
The OU Masters Degree in Special Education prepares students at the graduate level for leadership roles that more effectively meet the needs of all individuals with disabilities. Coursework, field experiences, and independent study blend together theory, research, and applied practice to enhance students’ knowledge and skills. Graduates assume a variety of professional positions including special education teachers, transition coordinators, behavior analysts, special education administrators, and positions in community and state agencies. An increasing number of general education teachers are obtaining a Masters in Special Education to enable them to better educate ALL students.
The OU Special Education Program offers students the opportunity to earn a Masters degree with an emphasis in four areas:
- Masters in Special Education
- Masters in Special Education with a Non-Traditional Track to Certification
- Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis in Secondary Transition Education
- Masters in Special Education with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis
All Special Education Masters emphasis areas share a common application process and a core set of required courses that help students develop crucial Special Education competencies. Information on the sub-links details the admission process, program details and requirements of each of the emphasis areas.
As the final capstone project for each emphasis area, most students complete Directed Projects under the guidance of their advisors and present their papers and projects to a faculty committee at a final Masters Directed Project Defense. A few students opt to complete a formal Masters Thesis, which includes original research, a written thesis, and a thesis defense to a faculty committee.