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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education – General Curriculum

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education – General Curriculum

Within my courses, candidates are provided many opportunities to engage in the actual practice of teaching while receiving the feedback necessary to gain fluency and confidence in their practice.

Kristin Sayeski

Associate Professor


The M.Ed. in Special Education is for students seeking a Master’s degree who have completed undergraduate training in a teacher education field and who have a teaching certificate. This advanced program includes the study of research methods and findings that allow students to become informed consumers of research and skilled practitioners. What makes the M.Ed. experience unique is the formal research conducted as part of the applied project.

The minimum 33 hours of coursework includes required courses and applied research individualized to the student’s career objectives. This allows students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in various special education topic areas and across the lifespan.

Master’s students are required to complete an applied project rather than a typical thesis. These projects consist of extensive research and writing a proposal while enrolled in an independent study course the semester prior to the project’s anticipated start.

Once the proposal is approved by the student’s advisor, it is implemented the following semester. The project is completed in the field with real students and actual strategies gleaned from the research. Completed works are presented to a graduate committee and must be approved by a clear majority before the student is allowed to graduate.

In this emphasis, coursework also includes:

  • Characteristics of learning disabilities, including dyslexia
  • Methods for individualized assessment
  • Academic and behavior interventions
  • Writing and strategy instruction in the content areas


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


Admission Requirements

Professional preparation: Earned, or will have earned, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before the date of enrollment at the University of Georgia.

GPA: Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken.

The state requires that all candidates have a minimum 2.5 GPA on undergraduate or previous graduate work. Go to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website for details.

Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education – General Curriculum
Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Degree Level – Masters
  4. Select Intended Program – (TBD)
  5. Select Intended Term –  Summer
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Submit online to the Graduate School.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-two page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Summer: April 1

International Applicants

  • Summer: February 15

TOEFL: Foreign applicants will also need to score a minimum of 20 points each on the Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL with an overall minimum score of 80. Test scores must be within 5 years from the date of application.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees may change each year.

Based on the 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who had completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $16,557 in tuition. Reference this sheet to identify the current credit hour rate for your program of interest.

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.


33 Credit hours

Core Courses
CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDSE 7020EAssessment of Students with Dyslexia & Other Learning Disabilities3
EDSE 7120EDyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities3
Methods Courses
CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDSE 7050EPositive Behavior Supports3
EDSE 7150EDesigning Reading Interventions for Special Education3
EDSE 7220EInstruction of Students with High-Incidence Disabilities3
EDSE 7250ETeaching Writing to Students with Disabilities3
EDSE 7770EPracticum in Intensive Reading Intervention3
Research CourseChoose of the following courses
CourseTitleCredit Hours
ERSH 6200EMethods of Research in Education3
ERSH 6300EApplied Statistical Methods in Education3
ETAP(QUAL)(ERSH) 7500EAction Research3
Applied Practice and Research Project
CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDSE 7000EMaster’s Research3
EDSE 7650EApplied Project3
Special Education Internship or Elective
If Undergraduate degree was NOT in Special Education choose one
CourseTitleCredit Hours
EDSE 7460EInternship in Special Education3
EDSE 7600ETopics in Special Education3
If Undergraduate degree was IN Special Education, choose an elective instead.

Comprehensive Exam

 All students will take the Comprehensive Exam during their final semester in the program.

Program Handbook


News & Events

US News Ranks UGA Online Programs Among Nation’s Best

February 7, 2024

U.S. News & World Report released their 2024 Best Online Programs rankings with several of the University of Georgia online programs in the top 10.

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