Apply to Special Education

The following degree options are available for Special Education:

  • Master of Education in Special Education, Elementary-Middle: Grades 1-8
  • Master of Education in Special Education, Secondary: Grades 6-12
  • Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education

*Note: The Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education is not available for international students.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester:   July 15*
Spring Semester:   November 15*
Summer Sessions:   April 1*

*At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

International Students Application Deadlines

International students may only be enrolled in full-time degree programs. In order to maintain a full-time status, students may be required to travel between Loyola's three campuses in Baltimore, Timonium, and Columbia.  Public transportation is not available.  International students must submit a complete application for admission (including all supplemental documentation) by the deadlines shown below.

Fall Semester:  May 1
Spring Semester: September 1
Summer Sessions:   February 1


Required application materials include:

  • Online application form
  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement (the essay prompt can be found on the My Account Page)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary colleges or universities attended. This includes transcripts from part-time study, study abroad, coursework taken in high school, and from institutions that have awarded the applicant a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree or an advanced certificate. Admitted students who fail to submit a final degree-posted transcript will not be permitted to register. 
    Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions (excluding study abroad programs) must have a course-by-course evaluation and translation of their academic records done by a NACES approved evaluation services agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. The evaluation must establish that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Loyola recommends the WES:ICAP from World Education Services, Inc. (
  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) qualifying scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Reading, Writing, and Math tests are required for all special education applicants. If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Loyola's institution code is RA5370. Additional information about the Praxis Core exam may be found on the MSDE web site ( Qualifying reading, writing and math subtest scores on the Praxis I (taken prior to September 1, 2014), SAT, ACT, or GRE tests may be substituted for the Praxis Core exam requirement for special education applicant as follows:

o Passed Praxis I. subtest taken prior to September 1, 2014 will remain in effect until August 31, 2017 and may be applied toward passing Praxis Core.
o SAT taken after April 2005, Math (550), Reading (550) and Writing (550)*
o SAT taken prior to 4/95, Math (500), Verbal (500), Writing (use other qualifying scores)*
(For SAT results, call College Board 866-756-7346 to request an archive copy. Request that the copy is sent to your home address and then send a copy to Office of Graduate Admission.)
o ACT, Reading (24), Math (24) and Writing (24)
o GRE taken prior to September 1, 2011, Verbal (500) and Quantitative (550)*
o GRE taken after September 1, 2011, Verbal (150), Quantitative (153) and Analytical Writing (4.5)*
*Scores must come from exams taken in the same calendar year.

  • Optional professional/academic letter of recommendation.
  • Optional Resume or curriculum vita.
  • TOEFL score report. The TOEFL examination is required only if English is not the applicant's native language or if the applicant has not completed a degree program taught in English. TOEFL scores must be from tests administered within two years of the application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. Loyola's institution code is 5370.
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed, and must be completed no later than 90 days prior to the start of the program).

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

Supplemental application documents should be submitted directly to:

Loyola University Maryland
Graduate Admission Processing Center
P.O. Box 1447
Beltsville, MD 20704
Or emailed to

Additional Application Information

It is the policy of departmental admission committees to give promising applicants the opportunity to undertake graduate work. A careful examination of an applicant's academic and professional qualifications precedes every admission decision. The committees look for previous academic achievement by considering an applicant's undergraduate and graduate records. Work experience is assessed through the presentation of a resume or vitae and professional references.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be advised in writing. At the time of admission, individuals will be informed of any courses for which they have qualified for advanced standing and/or additional courses or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies. A program advisor who assists in planning a program of study will be assigned, and students are responsible for discussing any special needs they may have with their advisor.