Special Education - M.S.Ed.

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The University of Miami Department of Teaching and Learning, consistently ranked among the top graduate programs in curriculum and instruction by Academic Analytics, is seeking qualified applicants for its Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree with a concentration in Special Education.

This degree prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities in collaborative school environments. The course of study consists of 30-36 credits over six terms (one year that includes two summers). The program accommodates both working teachers and individuals seeking initial teacher certification in special education.

The initial certification option includes 6-credit hours of student teaching including related Florida Educator Accomplished Practices support. The State approved program provides competencies for initial certification in K-12 special education with reading and ESOL endorsement.

There is up to 60% tuition support sponsored by the School of Education and Human Development. The School makes these awards at the same time as final admissions decisions are made.

Qualifications for Consideration for Master of Science Program

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must submit:

  • Completed online application submitted prior to June 1 for Fall (August) admission;
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former faculty familiar with academic work or current/former principals, assistant principals, department chairs (e.g., someone in a supervisory role);
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate enrollment;
  • Minimum cumulative GPA = 3.0 from previous institution(s) enrolled;
  • Resume/CV

How to Apply

Application Check List

  • A completed application form here
  • Pay non-refundable application fee of $85
  • Submit Essay - (uploaded under "Statement of Purpose")
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Submit resume/CV

Required Coursework

Core Course List

Code Title Credit Hours

TAL 606

OR

TAL 683

Issues and Strategies for ESOL

 OR

Introduction to Theories and Practice of TESOL

3

TAL 608

OR

TAL 686

Language Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

OR

Principles of First and Second Language Acquisition

3
TAL 614 Assessment in Special Education 3
TAL 629 Educating Exceptional Students 3

TAL 634

OR

TAL 647

Language and Reading Instruction

OR

Language and Early Reading Instruction

3
TAL 635 Inclusive Models of Teaching 3
TAL 636 Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology Strategies for Transition 3
TAL 654 STEM Methods for Diverse Learners 3
TAL 668 Human Development, Learning and Schooling 3
TAL 677 Applied Research in Education 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Students seeking initial teacher certification in Special Education

Code Title Credit Hours

TAL 621

OR

TAL 622

Student Teaching in the Elementary School

OR

Student Teaching in the Secondary School

5
TAL 623 Seminar on Teaching 1
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Contact

Program Director

Wendy Cavendish
Professor
Department of Teaching and Learning
Room: Merrick Building 222-E
wcavendish@miami.edu
305-284-5192

 

For Admission Inquiries, contact:

Karina Rodriguez
Applicant Journey Representative
305-284-7343
sehd_admission@miami.edu

 

For Application Process Questions, contact:

Graduate Studies Office
soegradadmissions@miami.edu