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Special Education, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1221 (BCR) , IL,
The Special Education master’s program from DePaul University will prepare you to help exceptional students in kindergarten through 12th grade.


In the Special Education master’s program from DePaul University, you’ll also learn to manage teams, mentor colleagues, coach paraprofessionals and work closely with parents. Your knowledge will fill a nationwide need. According to the National Education Association, 98 percent of U.S. school districts report a need for qualified special educators.

You’ll select one of three concentrations within this program:

  • Pre-Service Special Education
  • Special and Elementary Education
  • Special Education for Teachers

You have the option to pursue an initial Illinois Teaching License (PEL) with a Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) endorsement or with combined Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) and Elementary Education (grades 1-6) endorsements. If you are already licensed a teacher, you can add a Special Education (LBS1 preK-21) endorsement to your PEL.

Classes are offered on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, and this program can be completed in two to three years.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Instruction and differentiation in special education
  • Classroom and behavior management in special education
  • Teaching literacy to exceptional learners
  • Teaching students with significant disabilities
  • Teaching mathematics to exceptional learners
  • Formal assessment in special education 
  • Survey of exceptional learners: psychology and education  
  • Seminar and research in special education
  • Fundamentals of english language learner education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Graduate admission application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • Personal statement that discusses your future goals and your thoughts about your career as a special educator.
  • Initial license program requires a writing sample(e.g., a term paper, seminar paper, or senior thesis or portion thereof)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    655 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 655 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    655 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 655 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    655 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 655 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
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