M.Ed. On Campus

Special Education

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

12 months
616 USD/credit 18480 USD/year
616 USD/credit 18480 USD/year
332 USD/credit 9960 USD/year
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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Department of Education provides a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Special Education with emphasis on students with mild and moderate disabilities in grades 1-12. The Special Education Program is a Maryland state-approved program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Special Education graduate program offered by University of Maryland Eastern Shore is designed to develop and refine the students I skills as classroom teachers, resource teachers, teacher consultants, academic coaches, or as specialists in alternative educational settings.

Program Goals:

The overall goal of the Special Education Program is to prepare students to become effective special educators for mild and moderately disabled students in grades 1-12 and to meet the certification and professional standards of the Maryland State Department of Education and The Council for Exceptional Children. To accomplish this goal, there are two major objectives:
  • To help each student develop and refine the personal and interpersonal qualities and skills necessary to function intellectually, emotionally, and socially with others in the capacity of teacher or facilitator.
  • To help each student develop the competencies needed to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required of special educators.
  • Program Competencies:

    Program competencies and outcomes are consistent with those of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the major professional organization representing special educators, the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards and those of the Maryland State Department of Education. The following competencies have been developed to prepare teachers and prospective teachers to:
  • describe the cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and physical characteristics of exceptional individuals and their effect on how students learn;
  • identify and reflect upon the historical, psychological, political, legal, and philosophical factors which influence current trends and practices in special education;
  • assess, diagnose, and evaluate academic and social behaviors and programs for the students with disabilities;
  • apply systematic instructional design and methodology to teaching basic skills such as reading, language, mathematics, and social skills;
  • adapt teaching practices to meet the instructional needs of students with diverse learning styles, learning needs, and diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • demonstrate and apply systematic behavior and classroom management procedures and effective social interaction skills;
  • integrate and apply technology into the educational program;
  • work effectively with other school personnel, parents, and those involved in human services programs;
  • follow mandated procedures for referring, assessing, identifying, and placing educationally disabled children, participating in developing appropriate individualized education plans, and observing all necessary procedural protections including notice, consent, and records access;
  • critique and apply research in educational practice.
  • Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Characteristics of Exceptional Individuals
    • Learning and Instructional Design
    • Behavioral Research
    • Psychoeducational Assessment
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Communication Skills in Special Education
    • Technology in Special Education
    • Master's Research Seminar

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 12 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    30 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Complete Application form online
    • Original Transcripts evaluated by WES (World Evaluation Services)
    • Passing GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Scores: At or above 50th percentile of all test takers (if your program requires it)
    • Resume 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors who can speak to your interest in the program and your abilities. 
    • Certificate of Finance of at least $50,000 (Required ONLY for international applicants).
    • Passing TOEFL (550/79) or IELTS (6.5) scores (For applicants whose first language is not English). 
    • Application Fee of $50 for all graduate programs

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      18480 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 616 USD per credit during 12 months.
    • National

      18480 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 616 USD per credit during 12 months.
    • In-State

      9960 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 332 USD per credit during 12 months.

    Living costs for Maryland City

    1610 - 2727 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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