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M.Ed. in Special Education

The University of Oklahoma Master of Education within the Special Education program consists of coursework, field experiences and independent study. These blend theory, research and applied practice that enhances graduate students’ special education knowledge and skills. Those who successfully complete their program of study assume a variety of professional roles including special education teachers, transition specialists, behavior analysts, special education administrators, hospital and other facility educators, and state agency officers.

To obtain the basic Master of Education in Special Education degree, students complete a minimum of 33 degree-applicable non-thesis credit hours. Students complete 15 hours of required and 18 hours of elective courses; these electives may also fulfill an add-on certificate (emphasis area). The OU Graduate College Checklist for this degree option can be downloaded at this website:

Courses in the Master Special Education Program are delivered via a blended or 100% distance learning format. Students within traveling distance of the Norman campus can elect to complete coursework attending face-to-face class meetings; or they can attend 100% of the classes virtually, via distance learning technologies (subject to additional course fees).

Required Courses (15 hours)

EDSP 5143: Applied Behavior Analysis in School Settings
EDSP 5163: Collaboration, Accommodations & Modifications
EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment
EDSP 6123: Contemporary Issues/Research
EDSP 5013-Special Education Instructional Methods and Programs

(Choose one of the following)
EIPT 5033: Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
EDSP 6023  Single Case Research Design (offered spring semesters)

Elective Courses (18 hours) (Minimum of 9 hours graduate courses within the Special Education program area)

The OU Special Education program offers the following degree emphasis areas:
·      Fundamentals of Special Education
·      Secondary Transition
·      Applied Behavior Analysis

Information found on the above links provide program details and requirements. Click here to learn about admission requirements and the application process.

Students pursuing a M.Ed. who have never taken an introductory course in special education must successfully complete EDSP 5413: Understanding & Accommodating Students with Exceptionalities.