M.Ed. in Special Education - Coastal Carolina University
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Master of Education in Special Education

‌‌The Master of Education in Special Education program is designed to advance the careers of licensed teachers who seek expertise in special education content knowledge. This program prepares graduate students to advance as leaders in school districts or at the state education agency level, teach foundational college courses in special education, conduct collaborative research, and improve student outcomes among learners with disabilities. Finally, most M. Ed. candidates in Special Education apply for advanced teaching licensure, which garners an increased salary in many states.

Graduate students in the Special Education Program earn knowledge of the breadth of Special Education through core coursework related to special education legislation, applied behavior analysis, instructional design, assessment, functional behavior analysis, and educational research. Additionally, candidates build depth of knowledge through coursework in one selected concentration area, including Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, or Severe Disabilities. Students pursuing this graduate degree may be eligible* to earn an additional special education teaching license by concentrating in an area in which they are not currently licensed. 

*The South Carolina Department of Education determines licensure eligibility.

The Master of Education in Special Education at Coastal Carolina University has a number of benefits. First, it is an online program that includes both independent learning and real-time online instruction. Additionally, most students choose to complete this program in approximately 18 months. The graduate program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The application is now available and students can begin coursework at the beginning of the semester. 


Admission to Study
Application for graduate study.

Admission Requirements
Applicants for M.Ed. program admission must meet the following requirements:

  1. A completed graduate degree application and payment of application fee.
  2. An official transcript from each school or college previously attended (all prior undergraduate academic study must be represented as well as other graduate studies if such study has been completed).
  3. Official transcripts reflecting an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (overall) OR, report of minimum scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (minimum score of 286 with no less than 146 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative portions), OR, report of a minimum score (388) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be no more than five years old.
  4. Evidence of teacher certification.
  5. Statement of educational/career goals and how this program will help to meet those goals.
  6. If a non-native speaker of English, provide official results from tests taken within the last three (3) years or one of the following acceptable means of documenting English language proficiency consistent with success in graduate programs (Note that higher scores may be required of some graduate programs so applicants are urged to consult their desired program to identify whether a higher score is required):
  1. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or 79 on the internet (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  2. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam;
  3. Certificate of Completion of level 112 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) from an ELS Language Center;
  4. Pearson Test of English (PTED) Academic with a score of 59;
  5. Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English ) with a minimum level of C1;
  6. Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum level of C1;
  7. MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77:
  8. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a score of 745:
  9. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education within the last three (3) years.

‌For More Information

Kaitlin Nash, Graduate Program Manager
Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences
100 Tom Trout Drive
Prince Building 212
Conway, SC 29526