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Special Education

Master of Education

Graduate Program, Licensure Program

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Earn your Graduate Special Education Credential Swiftly and Online with Miami University.

Our Special Education Program is offered online and is well-suited for students wanting to develop expertise in designing and implementing special education services for students. It is fully accredited with available options that meet application eligibility for the Ohio K-12 Mild-Moderate Intervention Specialist (IS) teaching license.

Contact Info

Derrick Moore, (he/him)

201 McGuffey Hall

210 E Spring Street

Oxford, OH 45056

(513) 529-2767

Curriculum and Courses

Coursework is primarily web-based and asynchronous utilizing a web-based course management system and audio/video conferencing. Courses also include three live course meetings per semester. Synchronous sessions are always on Saturdays, generally occur once a month, and typically take place between the hours of 9AM-2PM. They provide students the space and time to meet and discuss their courses and projects, as well as receive support and interact with advisors, faculty, and their peers. The web-based course work varies by course and may include asynchronous project-based activities and discussions as well as sessions that may occur via web-based video conferencing or webinars. Meaningful and enriching field experiences are also incorporated into the program.

  • EDP 656: Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • EDP 586: Methods I: Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • EDP 650A: Trends/Issues in Measurement
  • EDP 578 Collaboration and the Law in Special Education
  • EDP 591: Methods II: Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities

At Miami, there’s something for everyone.

Course Catalog

Facts and Stats

100% Success Rate- The demand for special education teachers is expected to grow by 8% or more through 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All of our graduate survey respondents are successfully employed.

  • 100% Success Rate

    Department of Educational Psychology Graduate Placement Survey 2020-2021

  • 4 Available Tracks

    There are four available curriculum tracks, three of which meet licensure requirements.

  • #1 More Ohioans earn their Special Education Master's Degree from Miami University than from any other University in Ohio

    Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2019


  • Miami's Special Education master's program offered an accelerated course of study which meant I was able to obtain my master's degree quickly. I was able to find a teaching job as an Intervention Specialist immediately upon graduation. When I considered the affordable cost as well as the accelerated course of study, it was a no-brainer to enroll in Miami's Special Education graduate program.

    Clayton Adams, M.Ed., '19
    Intervention Specialist (12th grade) at Aiken High School / Cincinnati Public Schools


Where Education Becomes Something Greater

Explore what it means to be a graduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere.

Admissions Requirements

Applications accepted for fall and spring semesters. Degree-seeking applicants use the Online Application. License-only seekers use the non-degree application and submit application items via email to the program at

In addition to the Graduate School application and fee, the other required items for program admission include:

  • College transcripts
  • Personal statement describing reasons for pursuing a career in special education and one’s ability to complete online coursework
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Two professional letters of recommendation addressing one’s potential for advanced graduate study

Additional Opportunities

Intervention Specialist Licensure:<br>For candidates holding teaching credentials in any other discipline, and who only wish to add intervention specialist license you can take the non-degree pathway which may include 9 courses (25 credit hours)and can be completed within a year.

  • Excellent Faculty

    Our faculty possess a mix of exceptionally strong commitment to teaching with extensive special education practitioner experience.

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  • Field Experiences

    Meaningful field experiences are incorporated into the program. Students will create digital portfolios of their experiences and produce reflection papers that will promote their deeper connection to the course content. Diverse experiences at early, middle, and/or adolescent levels are available.

  • Connection

    Though primarily web-based and asynchronous, our program ensures connection to the program, your cohort and instructors with live, synchronous Saturday online course meetings.

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