12 months
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
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The Master of Education degree in Special Education from Kent State University provides students with advanced understanding of contemporary research and practice issues in special education. 

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Students in the program are typically interested in pursuing enhanced professional competence, career advancement, leadership roles, advocacy and systems change; or they may be wanting to prepare for doctoral-level study. Students do not need to have an undergraduate degree in special education (or in education) to be successful in the master's degree; however, should be motivated to develop a deeper understanding of the field of special education.

The Special Education program from Kent State University does not prepare students for teacher licensure; however, some of the coursework required for the degree may count toward licensure. Students interested in both licensure and a M.Ed. degree will need to apply and be fully admitted into both the master's degree and the non-degree graduate licensure preparation program.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Develop advanced skills in designing, implementing and evaluating research-based practices that meet the special education needs of learners with disabilities.
  • Understand the conceptual underpinnings of special education, as well as policies that guide its implementation in school and community settings.
  • Analyze contemporary issues surrounding special education and the impact of exceptionality on individuals and their families.
  • Understand the roles that research plays in special education theory.
  • Demonstrate mastery of special education content within a particular specialization (e.g., transition-to work, mild/moderate, deaf education).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues in Special Education
  • Legal and Policy Foundations of Special Education
  • Research Applications in Special Education
  • Orientation and Ethics: Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Ethics in Professional Practice
  • Statistics for Educational Services
  • Program Evaluation
  • Deaf Studies
  • Pharmacological Interventions in Special Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For timely consideration of the application, it is recommended applicants submit a complete application at least one month before the start of the semester.


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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17982 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9648 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Online: $17,700

Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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