Special Education

Student and teacher

Individual planning. Small classes. Careful placement. These are just some of the distinguishing features of Loyola's graduate program in special education. Designed to provide initial career certification as well as advanced professional development, the M.Ed. in Special Education blends theory and practice to support the immediate professional needs of teachers in all stages of their careers. In the program, you will gain knowledge of best practices in teaching, student learning, transition, and serving students with special needs in a variety of settings. Successful completion of the M.Ed. leads to state certification and full qualification as set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Loyola's certification and master's degree programs in special education are nationally recognized, and meet the professional development needs of new career entrants as well as advanced career professionals. Emphasizing the Jesuit dedication to cura personalis, or "care of the whole person," Loyola's special education programs promote a deep respect for, and understanding of, the unique needs of every child. In the same vein, Loyola's programs are flexible in order to support the individual needs of adult graduate students, typically working professionals with multiple commitments.

Built on the latest educational research and designed with input from local school administrators, Loyola's programs emphasize proven strategies, specialized instructional methods, legal issues, service delivery models, and advanced professional skills necessary to provide high-quality services to children and adolescents with special needs. Program faculty members are actively engaged in research and other partnerships with local schools, providing coursework that is relevant, applicable, and proven effective in changing children's lives.

Currently, graduate students can choose from the following program concentrations with the following completion times:

M.Ed. in Special Education, Elementary/Middle (grades 1-8) Accelerated (14 months or 4 semesters) - Summer start semester
Full-time (2 years) – Fall, Spring, or Summer start semesters
Part-time (2-5 years) – Fall, Spring or Summer start semesters
M.Ed. in Special Education, Secondary (grades 6-12) Accelerated (14 months or 4 semesters) - Summer start semester
Full-time (2 years) – Fall, Spring, or Summer start semesters
Part-time (2-5 years) – Fall, Spring or Summer start semesters
Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Special Education 

Loyola's nationally recognized special education programs have been approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and can be used to obtain teacher certification credentials which have reciprocity across the United States.