Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Exceptional Student Education, M.A.

College of Education  
Department: Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education 

This major shares core requirements with the Exceptional Student Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements), M.A.T.  


The Masters of Arts in Exceptional Student Education provides an in-depth view of research, theories, and the application of theory to classroom teaching in Exceptional Student Education (ESE). The major prepares Special Education teacher leaders for work in public and private schools and in-state, federal, or community settings. The major is designed to ensure that all graduates are prepared to be reflective practitioners, able to evaluate and continuously learn from their own teaching; collaborative professionals who affirm diversity; knowledgeable of theory and research; and skilled in the best practices of Special Education. Graduates of this major will have advanced clinical and pedagogical skills in working with children with disabilities and their families. The major is structured so that students can maintain full-time employment while pursuing their degrees through on-line course delivery.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue an M.A. degree in education.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum hours:        30 Credit Hours

  • Shared Core – 6 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 24 Credit Hours

Shared Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Examination

A project is required to fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement and is completed in EEX 6943  .