M.Ed. Blended

Special Education (Concentration in General Education)

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Special Education (Concentration in General Education) program at Virginia Commonwealth University prepares graduates for work in one of three areas: early childhood, severe disabilities or general education. 


Program goal

Applicants who do not already hold a teaching license must meet both licensure and degree requirements prior to the awarding of the Master of Education degree unless exempted as a professional from another discipline. Students should plan carefully with their adviser to ensure that the appropriate courses and experiences are completed. Successful completion of the degree program leads to endorsement in early childhood special education, severe disabilities or general curriculum.

The Special Education (Concentration in General Education) program at Virginia Commonwealth University, which can lead to an endorsement in the special education general curriculum, is designed to prepare graduates with the professional knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of settings.

  • General education classrooms (where children with special needs are being collaboratively taught)
  • Resource, modified resource or collaborative resource rooms
  • Self-contained settings or classrooms in varied urban, suburban or rural areas
  • Residential programs
  • Various community environments

Special training is provided in teaching reading and language, behavior management, and the use of interactive strategies that teach positive social skills. Candidates are prepared to work with students in completing a variety of transitions, such as from special education to the general education classroom or from high school to employment and independent living.

Through course work, the general education concentration will encompasses broad concepts of education, research, development, related disciplines and special education to build a foundation of professional knowledge and understanding. Specialized courses develop the intensive diagnostic, remedial, decision-making and consultative skills and understandings required of a professional in a special education-general education setting, including the ability to recognize educational and social problems, to formulate effective individualized instructional interventions using a variety of methodologies and modifications, to incorporate accommodations and transitions into program plans and to consult productively with appropriate personnel in the development of maximum educational opportunities for students with high-incidence disabilities. In addition to course work, candidates will create an electronic portfolio that will showcase their knowledge, skills and dispositions in the special education general curriculum.

The program offers candidates the opportunity to complete clinical placements in their own classroom or school with approval from VCU faculty and supervision by trained personnel. Placement opportunities for clinical experiences include a range of public and private schools and mental health programs that allow graduate students to select field experiences that are consistent with their professional goals. Previous teaching experience is valued, but not required. Students will have the opportunity to complete a practicum in addition to the externship. When students complete the program, they are eligible for licensure by the Virginia Department of Education with an endorsement to teach students enrolled in special education, general curriculum in grades K-12. Candidates are offered the option of taking a full-time or an on-the-job externship for a semester.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Characteristics of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Educational Foundations for Collaboration and Universally Designed Learning
  • Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Instructional Methods and Programming for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Literacy Development for Individuals with Exceptionalities
  • Math Methods and Online Education
  • Secondary Education and Transition Planning
  • Behavior Support of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Practicum A: Special Education in an Elementary Education Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


37 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last year

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Special Education (Concentration in General Education)
Virginia Commonwealth University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!